This week, Harvard Medical School and Orca Health announced a new partnership designed to bring some innovative products to the iOS App Store.
A well-known maker of medical reference materials and iBooks, Orca Health says it stands to benefit enormously from Harvard Medical, which will provide important content for Orca’s apps while the organization concentrates a majority of its time on product design and engineering.
Orca Health has already partnered with DocSpot to help guide users to the best health specialist near them.
“Harvard Medical School and Orca health have teamed up to provide a new, smarter and better way to help patients and their families with their healthcare decisions,” says Matt Berry, CEO of Orca Health. “It’s a fact that patients do better and are more satisfied when they fully comprehend their condition. Mobile devices provide a new and vastly improved patient information experience. The interactive 3D images, narrated video and manipulable animations found in Orca Health apps deepen understanding and improve healthcare decision making.”
From Harvard’s perspective, working with Orca will satisfy Harvard’s desire to deliver more critical health-related information to individuals who stand to benefit from the acquisition of such knowledge.
Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, Editor-in-chief Harvard Health Publications, says the partnership is invaluable in a variety of ways.
“People want to know how to get and stay healthy,” Dr. Komaroff summarizes. “If they have a condition, they want to understand what they need to do to resolve it, and what tests and treatments their doctors should consider. That’s nothing new. What is new is the opportunity for people to easily access answers to their health questions and gain a deeper understanding of the implications anytime and anywhere, on a mobile device.”
To learn more about what Orca and Harvard are working on today, click here.