Apple Watch Series 4 includes an EKG feature, currently not available in Canada, but only for those models purchased in the United States.
Since last December, Health Canada has stated they have “not received an application for the Apple Watch Series 4 with the ECG feature” from Apple. But now it appears things are starting to change.
This morning, the Health Canada Twitter account has been replying to queries about Apple Watch Series 4 and the ECG feature, after staying silent for months.
Health Canada tweeted to Canadian (and fine, fine individual) @gary_ng to say, “Apple has communicated that they are working to bring the Apple Watch heart features to Canada soon. However, to date, Health Canada has not received an application.”
Apple has communicated that they are working to bring the Apple Watch heart features to Canada soon. However, to date, Health Canada has not received an application.
— GovCanHealth (@GovCanHealth) March 20, 2019
Despite the “communication” from Apple, no application has been received for the ECG feature within Apple Watch Series 4. So really, the status of the ECG feature appears to be the same as before, except Health Canada is providing a status update in different words. For those eagerly awaiting an update—this is all we have for now.
Apple Watch Series 4 and its ECG works by placing a finger on the Digital Crown for 30 seconds. According to Apple:
Electrodes built into the Digital Crown and the back crystal work together with the ECG app to read your heart’s electrical signals. Simply touch the Digital Crown to generate an ECG waveform in just 30 seconds. This data can indicate whether your heart rhythm shows signs of atrial fibrillation — a serious form of irregular heart rhythm — or sinus rhythm, which means your heart is beating in a normal pattern.