When Apple Watch launches April 24th, users will be able to track their medication dosing. WebMD is updating their flagship app in the App Store to become a medical reminder companion app for the Apple Watch.
I talked to Benjamin Greenberg, who is the Vice President of Product Management & User Experience at WebMD about some of the key functionality the WebMD Apple Watch integration will have and they are the following:
- Ability to take pictures of your medications and then have them show up on your Apple Watch when it’s time to take your next dose
- When prompted to take your medication, you are given four actions on your Apple Watch: Take the medication, skip the medication, snooze, or dismiss the reminder.
- You can learn more about your medication by utilizing a “Handoff Link” and read the full drug monograph on your iPhone.
Greenberg told me WebMD wanted to keep the Apple Watch medication integration clean, simple, and easy to use. They don’t want a medication reminder feature on the Apple Watch that is constantly bugging people trying to use it.
One of the features I’d love to see in the future is a location based reminder — the ability of your Apple Watch to know when you’re at home and have the ability to take your medication.
Useful for patients and digital health?
Obviously, a medication reminder feature for the Apple Watch isn’t going to solve the huge issue of medication compliance. It’s a multi-factorial problem that has been hard to tackle by the digital health community and one we’ve frequently written in depth about.
But — WebMD’s medication reminder on the Apple Watch is definitely another tool that could help the right type of patient. For example, it’s hard to imagine the elderly using Apple Watch to remind them to take their armament of drugs. But it isn’t hard to imagine a mother of two with febrile children utilizing WebMD’s Apple Watch tool to help her with Tylenol dosing and timing.
Often times when developers create medication reminder tools, they completely forget about over the counter medications. For WebMD’s reminder app to catch on, they need to focus more on over the counter medications, and having presets where users don’t have to manually insert the dosing — the barrier to set up needs to be ridiculously low.
Overall, I can’t wait to actually test out the app on launch date, and WebMD’s ability to have this launch in conjunction with the Apple Watch is a huge advantage over their competitors.
WebMD’s medication reminder app will be available as a free download in the Apple Watch App Store beginning April 24.
Gallery of WebMD app’s Apple Watch medication reminders: