Apple may have a medical product in the works, per a Tim Cook interview which suggests that Apple jettisoned some of the sensors originally planned for the Apple Watch for fear that FDA approvals would gum up its release. “We don’t want to put the watch through the FDA process,” said Cook, adding that he “wouldn’t mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it,” “maybe an app, maybe something else.”
WebMD is launching a Medscape-branded social networking app for physicians. The app, dubbed Medscape Consult, will compete with Sermo and Doximity. The app contains some interesting privacy features, including use of facial recognition technology to blur patients’ faces and the ability to erase identifiable marks, suggesting that WebMD also has its eye on Figure1.
Here’s how hospitals are using IBM’s Watson. Among other things, MSK is using the program for melanoma screening and has found that Watson achieves 94% accuracy – versus 75% accuracy for human doctors.
More data, more problems – smartphones and connected sensors plus ResearchKit means a flood of data for researchers and providers, but validation and standardization challenges make it “an exciting mess.”