Electronic health record giant Epic is working on an Apple Watch app called “Limerick,” according to CEO Judy Faulkner.
Once released, the application would enable doctors to receive alerts, such as test results, on their wrists and, presumingly, be able to respond accordingly.
This, however, may be only one piece of the puzzle, since Epic filed to patent Limerick on February 22, 2016, according to JUSTIA Trademarks; and simple alerts don’t sound that much “patent worthy.” Perhaps Epic will also use some algorithm to determine whether test results or some other information are that urgent to require an Apple Watch alert.
In any case, we already have Duke Medicine, Ochsner Health System and Stanford University School of Medicine using Apple HealthKit and Watch integrated with Epic’s EHR in different capacities.
Duke uses Epic’s Haiku app to give doctors access to messages and appointments, while Stanford created an app to study cardiovascular disease. Finally, Ochsner has been piloting a technology that would deliver relevant health data to physicians’ wrists, and is in that sense very similar to Limerick.
It is unclear when Epic will officially launch Limerick for Apple Watch, but chances are that will happen sooner rather than later. More to come, obviously.