dava stewart | for the record | 21 october 2015
Although the Apple Watch is new to the healthcare scene, it holds great promise for improving patient engagement.
Nilesh Chandra said: “Although the cost of the Apple Watch may be viewed as a barrier, there’s reason to believe its price tag actually will help improve outcomes for patients who take the plunge. When a device is more expensive, it tends to get used more consistently. For example, although fitness trackers are popular, interest tends to wane. The problem is stickiness. People wear them for two or three months, then they lose the habit.”
Chandra goes on to say: “There are some genuine concerns with security - allowing patients to upload data could be risky. But there are ways to address that. I think it’s an opportunity, and the potential benefits far outweigh prospective hazards as long as security issues are addressed."
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Chandra concludes by saying: “Interoperability within health care is absolutely critical in terms of patient engagement. (HealthKit) is a step in the right direction because it provides a platform. Without a consistent platform, providers face an ever-growing jungle of systems that don’t work together. If you’re a provider or a vendor, you have to integrate with all the different systems. The complexity of integration is just too much. HealthKit and GoogleFit are the two most promising platforms being developed. In the future, they won’t have to choose a product to recommend. They will only have to say ‘Track your steps,’ then decide how to accept the data. That is the potential of these platforms."