mHealthSummit Day 2 - Innovations and Devices
Day 2 at the Summit. Fascinating, exciting and innovative companies exhibiting here at the Summit conference - here are just a few of the amazing exhibitors:
Remote Patient Monitoring
I went to the Fierce Health breakfast meeting and listened to a great panel discussion on Remote Patient Monitoring. Thoughts were that monitoring must be easy to use, interoperable and HIPAA compliant. Data must be customized and screened and able to be accessed remotely. Alerts must be given if necessary.
eCaring and CareTracker and CareManager- Really very cool extremely user-friendly color-coded icon-equipped, cloud-based patient diary including vital signs, intake and output, mood evaluation, incidents, etc. that can then be sent to providers in a separate format that organizes the data. Stay tuned for a separate video post on eCaring!
BeClose-Excellent sensor system for in-home monitoring. Motion sensors, bed and chair sensors, alert system and panic button pendant - all works on 3g - no internet required for set-up. Can be accessed online by out of town family or friends to check on their loved ones.
GeriJoy - Virtual doggie that can be petted and talked to - and that talks back! Perfect gift for Grandma for the holidays!
Fitness and Wellness Apps
Fitness and Wellness apps can help people maintain their health and guard against obesity and the onset of chronic health problems. Look at the chart below showing the increase in obesity from 1994 to 2009 (courtesy of the CDC via Jock Putney of WellFX). This is pretty appalling!
BodyMedia - This device is so cool that I bought one myself! It's a monitor that fits on your arm and tracks activity, exercise (rigorous and moderate), calorie intake (you have to input this), calorie balance (negative or positive) and sleep patterns. Christine Robins was gracious enough to let me record her product demonstration:
IdealLife - Blood Pressure Monitors, Scales, Glucometers, Pedometers all integrate into a cloud-based system that organizes data into a patient-friendly format (for patients and/or family) or a professional format (for doctors and/or other providers). Kiosk can be used for wellness programs. Video conferencing available with webcam-equipped tablet.
Passage - a new fitness app from Aetna that is not yet released will allow users to travel to different places around the world and work on their fitness while doing it.
iHealth - Blood Pressure Monitors and Body Analysis Scales that record weight, BMI, body fat, muscle mass, bone mass and visceral fat and automatically records the information securely (and posts a note in Evernote too).
wHealthy Solutions - How to shop for foods that are healthy for you and your customized situation or illness. Foods are screened and rated according to an individual's illness or condition - pre-diabetes, diabetes 1 or 2, hypertension or obesity. Michael Segal, Co-Founder of wHealthy Solutions was kind enough to give me a video demonstration of the product - see below!
mMedPatent - The mMedPatent portfolio is a collection of 5 patents that can be used for remote medication management to increase patient adherence to prescribed medications. According to a recent Frost and Sullivan report, "Medication management remains an emerging, high-interest market in the telehealth industry due to the very high need for medication adherence." These patents can be licensed or mMedPatent will partner to develop a mobile medication management system.
Security and Privacy
CellTrust - CellTrust is a leader in secure mobile communications and ensures HIPAA compliant information exchange on mobile devices to healthcare providers. CellTrust offers secure pagers that also allow text messages and the transfer of secure information. There are over 3.5 million pagers in use in the US in healthcare and the public sector. Many hospitals prefer to have employees use a hospital system rather than personal mobile devices.
CellTrust also offers SecureSMS which is an app that will work on iPhone and Droid to encrypt messages for use in healthcare settings.
Humetrix - Takes Blue Button technology and organizes it and categorizes it in an easily readable friendly format.
WellFX - Provider-directed community for patients to meet and share experiences while accessing provider created education and healthcare content. Because it's provider-directed, it's secure and information is moderated and screened by the provider. Patients can join groups and interact with other patients with the same illness or condition, and all interactions are secure and information is validated by the provider.
Aging 2.0 - Aging 2.0 really doesn't "fit" into any specific category (and the 2 founders, Katy Fike and Stephen Johnston like it that way). Aging 2.0 is a network of innovators around the globe that focuses on the 50+ market. They have identified 4 main areas of focus: Connected Independence, Empowered Caregiving, Ageless Syle and Lifelong Wellness. Aging 2.0's online presence includes videos, reports and social media covering innovation around the world in the 50+ market. They have a growing database of over 1,000 innovators from more than 20 countries. I really enjoyed talking to these folks and don't hesitate to get in touch with them if you are interested in this market.
This was a tremendously great conference and I loved being here. Thanks to Bonnie Knight from HIMSS who did a fantastic job organizing and pulling off a wonderful conference!
Joan Justice is currently the Senior Curator for HealthWorksCollective. She holds both a nursing and a graduate business degree, and has worked in domestic and international marketing management for several major healthcare corporations. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.