What’s a metaverse anyway? It’s a bright, shiny piece of jargon meaning the virtual reality or 3D virtual world. And CVS is rushing right to the US Patent Office to patent its goods and services–including their clinic services and telehealth–in the metaverse. While it’s hard to imagine prescription drugs, healthcare, wellness, beauty and personal care products being wholly virtual, shopping for them can be and obviously CVS doesn’t want to miss out on a world where we’re all wearing 3D headsets and ordering our healthcare in VR and AR. CNBC, USPO filing
Orbic, a US-India manufacturer popular for being one of the more budget-friendly makers of mobile phones (including flips), tablets, laptops, routers, and accessories, has debuted a smartwatch in partnership with Verizon, the SmartWrist. It has monitoring features such as pulse oxygen levels, body temperature, heart rate, and sleep. It also sets and keeps track of fitness goals and, for those who need it, fall detection, autodial emergency services or contacts in event of emergency, and geofences safe zones. The watch face is 1.78” AMOLED, dock charging, and Android Go 8.1. All for an affordable $199. Our contact Erin Farrell Talbot tells TTA that the SmartWrist is integrated with EHRs plus currently going through FDA approvals that when completed will enable it to be prescribed for patients with medical issues or chronically ill.
Amwell goes into the hospital to connect with LG on TVs and monitoring devices. LG is the leading provider of smart TVs in the hospital market, and where Amwell will initially partner is with Converge, its unified provider-patient platform, inputting information from LG peripheral devices already in or being introduced into acute care. Amwell and LG are also looking beyond the hospital setting into home or sub-acute care. As Healthcare Dive noted, this is not Amwell’s first fling with TV-based care–they demonstrated at last April’s Client Forum a TV-based hospital-to-home integration with Solaborate. LG release (Yahoo)
Sometimes digital health partnerships start at a low level–and auger in from there. Becker’s Hospital Review quizzed three hospital executives, including one from Geisinger Health, an early adopter, on three signs that your digital health partner is not one for the long haul:
- It doesn’t have a genuine mission. The mission that hospitals are interested in are about patient outcomes and interest in the hospital partner’s business, not the digital health company’s funding or press.
- It hasn’t earned your trust. It seems obvious, but do your due diligence on how the company has handled other partnerships. Red flags include inadequate funding and the terms of the partnership fluctuating.
- It lacks responsiveness. This is a big one that this Editor has experienced as both a vendor and buyer. It’s a willingness to listen to and address pain points in “the never-ending troubleshooting” that’s across the board.
As a digital health company, the first is attitude, the second is performance, but #3 is generally the grind point where internal frustrations build and relationships go south.