The step change: Facetime calls over 3G (but only on iPhone 4S and the new iPad)
This is great news for patients wanting to use 3G Doctor, now all you need is one of these A5 Chip devices and you can accept Facetime calls from our registered Doctors without the need to bother with connecting to a WiFi network.
Maps: turn-by-turn, point and zoom navigation
It’s hard to quantify the value of turn by turn navigation to healthcare workers visiting patients in their homes and this neat improvement should make the idea of being lost a thing of the past. Healthcare Record vendors should waste no time in letting patients add the accurate GPS location to address fields.
Siri: understands more and now available on the new iPad
Good to see continued to commitment to Nuance’s technology as I’m convinced it will be through these smartphone implementations of Nuance’s tech that healthcare professionals are going to get familiar/trained with the use of speech recognition and we’ll all be able to benefit from the cost/efficiency and documentation (eg. in the ER) gains it offers.
With the iPad increasingly being used in the consulting room by clinicians it’ll be interesting to see how SIRI can begin to impact on the data input burden Doctors are faced with while helping avoid patients suffering as a result of that uncomfortable silence when Doctors are punching data into an EHR.
Passbook: this will kill some telco NFC hype/ambitions
I imagine this is going to make a lot of people wake up to the way QR Codes aren’t limited to working from Code to Phone. Connected QR Code featuring Passbook tickets shown at checkouts are going to have huge impact and the location feature will give it that simplicity and convenience consumers will want whilst limiting fraud and enhancing security.
Major transit systems are making some costly mistakes with NFC barrier gates and in a few months this Apple upgrade should make it clear this is the future of smart cards and remote authentication (especially when the Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest Passbook implementation is launched).
I hope Google rises to the challenge and upgrades Android with the Sesame feature we saw piloted before as it’s tech like this that could add important extra security and ease of access to EHR’s.
Imagine a registered Doctor being able to scan your Microsoft HealthVault Passbook so that they are granted one time secure access to your full EHR in seconds by simply opening an app and picturing your mobile screen?
This is a very welcome step change that’s been long needed for mobile communication to reach it’s presemcmpotential g to work for the mass market. I think it’s quite clear that Apple has made such a good job of this it’s going to be neigh on impossible for the telco community to wrest back control of this critical opportunity.
I can’t imagine a Doctor who isn’t going to want this feature on their mobile (no more one phone for work another for personal use) and can you imagine how great this will be when your presence can be modified by your context/location and sensory data captured.
Apple’s running away with the lead on this front and it’s not too surprising when you see how closely they’re working with special needs teachers and in some major teaching Hospitals. Previous telco focus in this area has been largely focused on being the funder/sponsor of pilots which they’ve then tried to use to create demand (eg. O2’s sponsorship of Leeds University Medical Students getting text book content on iPhones, O2’s investment in GP clinics to try and reinvent themselves as primary care software providers, etc) but Apple has been fortunate enough to have created so much enthusiasm for it’s products that it seems capable of taking it’s pick of project leaders that are driving the change and are prepared to fund and make commitments to the services themselves.
Guided Access is going to open up a multitude of opportunities in healthcare environments from enabling iPads to be given to patients and used in waiting rooms for applications like Interactive Medical History taking questionnaires:
I hope they’re also going to add some smarter networked ways to update groups of iPads (eg. with the guided access apps) than the current multidock device banks:
I can imagine the capacity to see these opportunities is greatly increased when a company is smart enough to hire and train staff who understand what it’s like to have sensory challenges.
See anything I missed?
This is by no means a definitive list so if you’ve spotted something I haven’t please share it with readers in the comments.