As this blog recently reported, Apple generated waves of interest by announcing the upcoming Apple Watch, a wearable smart device with implications for mobile healthcare. Now that the watch has an official release timeline, it makes sense for medical professionals to consider the other similar watches available on the market. Whether or not these products will be as health-focused as Apple's, they remain worthy of consideration .
A slideshow that recently appeared in Medical Practice Insider assembled some of the most prominent smartwatches currently on the radar of medical IT professionals. Not surprisingly, big names like LG, Intel and Samsung are either already selling smartwatches or will be soon.
They vary in size, shape, and purpose, but they all offer their own advantages. Intel's Basis Science is specifically a health and sleep data device, while the upcoming Samsung Gear S will have a larger screen, as well as 4 GB of memory storage and support for existing health platforms. The Gear S will also reportedly be able to make voice calls as well, although that will depend on an existing phone being turned on, somewhere.
On the other hand, there are also products from lesser-known companies, like the Martian Notifier, described by the source as "a modern pager," and the Pebble Steel, a Kickstarted device that predates most of the recent efforts by years. Thinking far ahead, the Insider also lists the Oxitone Watch, a wrist-based heart-rate monitor that will alert doctors in the case of an emergency.
All of these models show the wealth of interest and creativity being invested in smartwatches. But in every case, practitioners need to pursue compliance and avoid the various HIPAA violations that come with consolidating data.