This is according to a report from CNBC in which it was revealed that Apple has teamed up with various researchers at Anthem and U.C. Irvine where they are looking to study the relationship between blood oxygen levels and asthma. Basically, the study wants to see if the Apple Watch is capable of monitoring or detecting asthma-related issues.
However, as with all health monitoring features on the Apple Watch, they’re not necessarily designed to replace professional medical grade equipment or a diagnosis from a doctor. According to Sachin Gupta, a pulmonologist based in San Francisco, “It certainly will be effective at sending nudges, but whether these lead to modification of behavior or ultimately alarm fatigue and discontinuation is to be determined.”
It has also been previously rumored that Apple is working on a non-invasive method of glucose monitoring, although when exactly that will debut in the Apple Watch remains to be seen, if at all.