It probably comes as no surprise that the Hub enjoys looking at new technology and trying to figure out how it can be applied to healthcare. Using ipads to connect mothers with their child in the Special Care Nursery, or mobile apps to extend the reach of hospital services are just a few recent examples.
So it probably doesn't shock anyone that when the Apple iWatch was announced, we figured we should check them out. Yes, there are some neat features on, like the ability to change the digital watch face to suit your mood, but there are some others that, with some tweaking, might be directly applicable to patient care. Just a few of the ideas we've been tossing around. The first is one that we could prototype tomorrow; The second is possible, but a bit more pie-in-the-sky:
- Allow medical staff to unobtrusively look at texts and pages and ignore/respond as warranted when talking with patients without having to pull out their phone and interrupt the discussion.
- Use the watch to remotely monitor pulse, blood pressure, and temperature. Patients may not need cardiac leads, or allow the patient to leave the hospital sooner and be remotely monitored by their physician.
We've got a few more ideas kicking around, but we'll save those for later.
Want to check out a watch? Swing by the Hub and say hi!