When I watched the Apple Keynote last week, it wasn’t the highly media-hyped Apple Watch, but the Apple Pay feature, that caught my attention. The introduction of this new form of payment got me excited for the future of mobile payment systems. Apple Pay offers users the chance to pay for things by simply touching a button within an app—no need to carry credit or debit cards. At the same time, this made me grit my teeth in frustration. The frustration came from realizing that this new type of payment service will arrive just in time to make my new credit card consolidation device obsolete. Rapid innovation has finally caught up to my wallet. As soon as one innovation arrives, it is replaced by another.
Healthcare is not an industry that tends to wow when it comes to consumer-friendly billing. With Apple Pay being instituted worldwide soon, it’s time these bleak expectations for healthcare billing change as well. We are in the midst of not just reinventing the wheel, but reinventing the way we think about how it should work.
The one-stop-shop, drone-flying powerhouse, Amazon, is also breaking ground once again. Not only is Amazon tackling the ease with which we pay for products, but they are now offering “Anticipatory Shipping,” that knows what you want when you want it. Based on your order history, Amazon will send products it predicts you’ll want to a shipping hub so that they are close by when you place your order. We are increasingly relying on and even expecting emerging technology and companies to do things for us. Automated predictive delivery could set the bar pretty high as we begin to rely even more on these systems for everyday life.
Amazon patent that shows possible logistics trail