Epic to develop Apple Watch app 'Limerick,' a test results notifier

By Skip Snow

Electronic health record giant Epic is working on an app for Apple’s Watch, according to CEO Judy Faulkner.

“Limerick on the Apple Watch,” she called it.

The app enables doctors to receive alerts via Apple Watch so if they are waiting on test results about one patient, that physician can know immediately when those come through regardless of where in the health system doctor and patient are at the time, Faulkner said. 

Duke Medicine, Ochsner Health System and Stanford University School of Medicine have been using Apple HealthKit and Watch integrated with Epic’s EHR in different capacities.

While Duke uses Watch loaded with Epic’s Haiku app, for instance, to give doctors access to messages and appointments, Stanford created a Watch app in March 2015 to study cardiovascular disease.

And Ochsner has been piloting a technology that, much like Faulkner’s description of Limerick, enables physicians to receive results on the Apple Watch wherever they might be walking around, Ochnser CIO Patrick Anderson told Healthcare IT News in November. 

Epic filed to patent Limerick on February 22, 2016, according to JUSTIA Trademarks.

Healthcare IT News Editor-in-Chief Tom Sullivan contributed to this report, which originally appeared on our sister-site Healthcare IT News.