As more health monitoring devices are rolled out to meet the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) changeover, the question is which technologies will take hold. Between the proliferation of health apps for smart phones and the first Continua Certified smart phone, Cambridge Consultants see an opportunity to drive a new market and lower health care costs through connected health solutions. The Minder is a pocket-sized smart device, powered by Vena that continuously collects medical data in real time and transmits them through cellular networks. Use of this device will increase the frequency of reported data, which may improve health care and lower health care costs.
Doubling as a pocket-sized digital patient checklist, the Minder can receive real time updates to the checklist, enabling two-way communications with healthcare professionals or caregivers. Usually, a hospital visit is required to record data, such as ECG or blood pressure readings, into a patient’s EMR. As wireless-enabled medical devices continue to grow in number, the Minder enables such readings to be acquired and transmitted remotely. For physicians and hospitals, this would provide access to more accurate data to work with, while increasing efficiency and decreasing unnecessary and expensive hospital visits. For patients, the Minder takes the stress out of the daily medication and monitoring regimen.
With the goal of increasing compliance through user engagement, the Minder displays an interactive timed to-do list that can be customized for individual patients. For instance, if a patient is recovering from a heart attack, he or she can transmit their blood pressure readings from home to their EMR in real-time. If the reading is high, the Minder could instantly alert a care provider who could have the patient carry out necessary steps by sending tasks back to the Minder. If the reading is on target, it could prevent an unnecessary hospital visit.
The Vena technology used in Minder leverages CSRs BlueCore and Qualcomms Wearable Mobile Device (WMD) hardware and implements Continua Health Alliance standards for Personal Area Network (PAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) interfaces. Devices based on Vena can receive data through Bluetooth or USB from any Continua Certified devices and transmit these data through HL7 over cellular networks, thus empowering users to manage health and wellness anytime, anywhere. The Vena wireless healthcare software stack embeds the Bluetooth Health Device Profile (HDP) for the secure transport of medical data and the IEEE 11073 standards for compatible exchange of information between devices. The Qualcomm WMD supports a variety of 3G networks and provides integrated GPS, and accelerometer and Bluetooth technologies.