I was invited recently to talk about how the Apple Watch could be used in healthcare, and since I’ have already been involved in a number of watch app projects, I thought it would be fun to share the experience.
I was accompanied by Markus Holm, who developed and demonstrated an app that we had built for the event. The thing that got my attention was that the Swedish Healthcare authorities have been working for years to build a platform that offers open healthcare information and functionality. It is called the Health Innovation Platform (HIP) You can find more information on their website www.hip.se/en . The most interesting part of the platform is a number of APIs and SDKs (www.hip.se/en/development-kit-citizen-services ). With them, any developer (after getting the right credentials) can develop solutions (webs, apps, etc) based on this information. I am convinced that APIs such as these will allow organizations in all sectors to build very powerful eco-systems of value to the benefit for many users.
We demonstrated an Apple Watch that allows a patient (App user) to find the nearest clinic and shows directions to get there. We also talked about how the watch should be used in a different way than webs and apps that fight for attention, to rather share something important and then get out of the way. There are also some new inputs and outputs on the watch, like the digital crone that is used to select in lists and zoom on maps, and the haptic system that use advanced vibrations and sound to let the user know something (like when it’s time to take a pill) without even needing to look at the watch.
Here is a recording of the presentation in Swedish which has English subtitles for Non-Swedish users:
This is an interview of Markus and Me (also in Swedish and unfortunately no subtitles yet, but they may be added soon):