Heart attack survivor to sue ministry over app

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Taipei Times
Date: Aug 11, 2019 
By: Hung Ju6i-ching and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A Tainan man who survived a heart attack said on Friday that he would sue the Ministry of Health and

An Apple Watch Friday displays a message that to configure the electrocardiogram, the iPhone Health app must be opened.
Photo: Hung Jui-chin, Taipei Times

Welfare for not making a mobile electrocardiography (ECG) app available for Apple Watch Series 4.

The tech worker, surnamed Lee (李), said he would file a civil lawsuit for damages and an administrative suit for negligence if the ministry does not change its regulations, which he said resulted in the app being disabled in Taiwan.

Lee said that he bought the smartwatch from a friend in the US in March, a month before the ministry banned the app on the grounds that it would turn the smartwatch into an unapproved medical device.

The smartwatch cost him about NT$140,000 and he had bought it specifically for the heart monitoring app, as he was feeling unwell and was worried about his well-being, because his family has a history of heart disease, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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