WebMD is now part of the Apple Watch world, as Apple Watch pre-orders pass the million mark according to analysts. Well, you could have guessed which version of the Apple Watch is most popular, but I’ll tell you in case you’re not familiar with the gimmicky accessory: the Sports edition. Before I start ranting, let’s see what this WebMD getting on board with the Watch is all about.
A new set of health-oriented apps from WebMD, Kaiser Permanente, HealthTap, Covera and others are now featured in the Apple Watch as the company is positioning the watch as a health-tracker more than anything else. Regardless of the fact that WebMD is the most popular self-diagnosing website that turns people into hypochondriacs on occasion, the Apple Watch seems to become more of a health accessory than a communications device, which might be the way to go for the company.
The Apple Watch has stirred a lot of water recently, and people are mad with excitement about the new wearable. One thing I would like to say before getting on: it’s a first edition, it’s not working properly yet and it’s too expensive. The partnerships with WebMD and the rest of them mean that users of the Apple Watch can now set pill reminders, get some doctor consultations and monitor glucose levels. When it comes to the WebMD app, users can access it on the Apple Watch and get some insight on their pill schedule, required dosage amounts, instructions on how to take those meds and read about the meds if they are willing to pull their phone out of their pockets. Because you can’t access that information on your prescription and because we don’t even read the prescriptions unless they’re somehow made fun with apps. And because we like to medicate a lot.
WebMD is not the only one to add health features to the Apple Watch, as the walking app from Kaiser Permanente which is a glorified step counting application. Okay, it does offer some neat suggestions on how to get healthier, which is cool. You can set fitness goals, track activity and view some statistics. The DocNow app from HealthTap might seem like a more worthwhile endeavor than the WebMD or Kaiser Permanente app, as it allows Apple Watch users to access on call doctors who are willing to take some video consultations for $3 per minute. Not that calming your nerves with info from an official source is bad, but remember that it can’t replace an actual physical consultation. The Health Care Service Corporation also chips into the Apple Watch with their Centered app that lets you track physical activity and promotes meditation and stress management in the meantime. That sounds like a better option!
Hypochondriacs might be glad to see that their new $350 Apple Watch will get WebMD apps and other health-related apps, but they’re not really going to benefit from them that much, compared to all the other apps that are available for their phones. Even though having these apps on the Apple Watch is nice, remember what I said earlier: it’s a first edition and countless reviews already point out the fact that it is slow and rather unresponsive at times. But hey, the more fitness tracking, the better!