OK so the Apple Watch is not a Game Changer for Healthcare (Yet)
The recent release of the Apple Watch was greeted by a collective sigh by the mHealth community, and for good reason. Here's a good summary from Healthcare Success:
The advance billing for the Apple watch was typically Apple-superlative. Fueled by the enthusiasm of legions of brand evangelists, the initial buzz anticipated something “revolutionary,” “life-changing” and/or “breakthrough” for health and healthcare.
Well… It turns out that the “innovative” health-and-fitness Apple Watch is more “fitness” than “health.” Version 1.0 is an admittedly stylish gadget that has closer ties to the gym than the hospital or doctor’s office. At least in this rollout product line, Apple has not included some of the anticipated bells-and-whistles for health care.
But It Has Fantastic Potential for Digital Wayfinding
We are happy to say, however, that the Apple Watch and similar wearables hold lots of promise for Digital Wayfinding! While we can't provide a turn-by-turn navigation visualization because of the form factor, we absolutely can and will over time be able to provide location-enabled Digital Wayfinding guidance the users of such devices.
There are a number of steps to get there, some of the most important of which are being taken byCisco with its new HyperLocation Solution, but it's an exciting new delivery vehicle that may well appeal over time to a category of users that would prefer to not use their smartphone - or at least have to hold it up to navigate.
Look for Connexient to work with early adopter clients and partners to develop these uses - and use cases!