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In this pandemic, work from home situation  we all have gone through and well aware of software to track employee productivity but Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version added the Sleep Score beta (SpO2) tracking feature. SpO2 detects sleep disturbances that could indicate health issues like allergies, asthma or sleep apnea.

“Charge 3 gives existing users a compelling reason to upgrade, while also allowing us to reach new users who want a sleeker, more affordable wearable in a tracker form factor,” CEO Fitbit James Park said in a statement.

The SpO2 feature is one important step in reducing the risk of heart conditions. Not only will the new Fitbit Charge 3 track sleep apnea, it will also track breathing disruptions to predict a users’ risk of health issues such as allergies or asthma and alert them when they should see a doctor.

The launch of Charge 3 is part of Fitbit’s bigger goal of developing FDA-regulated medical software. The Charge 3’s sleep tracking capabilities will positively impact patients at large. In a recent post by distinguished cardiologist Simon Stertzer, the treatment of sleep apnea may decrease the incidence of heart disease. The advanced tracking capabilities of the Fitbit Charge 3 gives a more detailed glimpse into one’s heart health.

A fine example of digital transformation in healthcare, Fitbit is already part of the FDA’s digital health software precertification pilot program.

The Charge 3, which the company is calling their “most advanced tracker ever,” costs $150 and has some unique additions. The new model is water-resistant and boasts a smartphone-like interface; users can swipe between apps on a larger high-resolution touchscreen. So far, Fitbit has a major advantage over Apple, which has yet to include a sleep-monitoring app into its smartwatch.

Recently, Fitbit made another bold move by signing a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). As part of this deal, 60 million Blue Cross Blue Shield members will be able to purchase a Fitbit device at a significant discount which ranges from 15% to 49% off Fitbit products including Charge 2. 

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