Thursday , March 8 2018

Huawei joins forces with Australian company to provide healthcare solution for the Huawei Watch 2

Huawei recently released their Huawei Watch 2 into Australia and from all accounts those who have used it loved it. Today they have announced a partnership between themselves and Australian software company, mCareWatch, that will bring a healthcare solution to Huawei Watch 2 users.

mCareWatch is a software company based in Sydney that specialises in healthcare solutions with an aim to use the latest technology to provide solutions for “caring, well-being, and independent living”. Using the inbuilt sensors in the Huawei Watch 2 they are able to use the provided information to support safety, health and fitness scenarios.

The 4G connectivity of the Huawei Watch 2 also adds the ability for accurate GPS tracking, geofencing, one-touch SOS alerts, medication reminders, preset call shortcuts with pictures of the contacts and non-movement alerts. The Bluetooth in the Huawei Watch 2 also allows the app to connect to peripheral blood pressure and weight measuring Bluetooth devices.

The water resistant nature of the Huawei Watch 2 allows monitoring to also continue when the person/patient is in the shower. Obviously the heart rate measuring on the Huawei Watch 2 can also be used to track the person’s heart rate during an SOS event and can also be shared with paramedics as required.

Huawei Consumer Business Group Australia’s Managing Director, Eric Zhai, says of the partnership:

Huawei’s goal as a business is to make life better through a better connected world. This partnership with mCareWatch is a perfect example of that ambition. It’s a partnership that takes Huawei leadership in bringing the first connected 4G sim-enabled watch to Australia, and uses that technological advancement to improve the lives of the elderly, the disabled and those that care for them.

The solution is not cheap but considering the peace of mind it may give to those you need it and their families it is a small price to pay. The Huawei Watch 2 can be purchased ready-connected to the mCareWatch caring & wellbeing platform directly from the mCareWatch website or by calling mCareWatch on 1300 188 557. Prices start at $699 for outright purchase of the watch and 12 months’ access to the mCareWatch app.

It is great to see companies looking to make use of all of these sensors we have in our devices these days. The mCareWatch caring and wellbeing platform sounds like a godsend for those at risk. It is a big step up from the plain grey buttons many elderly wear around their necks for SOS alerts. Hopefully the innovations such as these continue and we see more and more real-world uses for the Android Wear smartwatches. They will then no longer be a solution looking for a problem.

Scott Plowman   Associate Editor

Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.

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