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Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies

From telemedicine robots to toilet sensors, remote patient monitoring technology continues to win venture capital. These nine startups have landed funding in the past year.
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The doctor is in -- at least in robot form. InTouch has developed an FDA-approved platform to let doctors conduct real-time clinical consultations remotely via a roving "robot." The device consists of a videoconferencing screen mounted on an upright robot that the doctor can guide from another location using an iPad.

InTouch has developed one version of the telemedicine robot with iRobot, maker of the Roomba automated vacuum. It has other RPM products in development, including a handheld screen, allowing for consultations at home or a hospital or clinic room. The telepresence link relies on Wi-Fi.

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ChrisMurphy
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8/14/2013 | 10:16:28 PM
re: Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies
It'll be interesting to see if providers turn to simpler tools than these to tackle readmission -- like simple self reporting smartphone apps rather than more sophisticated monitoring and reporting tools. One of the big bets by the venture firms is that this requires "FDA grade" gear and apps.
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12/24/2013 | 11:54:08 AM
Toilet Sensors
The use of sensors should ideally be unobtrusive, so I liked the the TLC mattress sensor by BAM Labs, but I saw no example of toilet sensors, even though the author hinted that there were some. Anyone interested in that should check out http://www.mhealthtalk.com/2011/04/smart-toilets-a-royal-flush-for-home-healthcare/. 

One example can measure, record, show and report important health data like blood pressure, sugar levels, body temperature, weight, and body mass index. Another learns who you are by estimating your weight and percent body fat and then chemically analyzes your output and reports it to a health monitoring service.
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12/27/2013 | 7:00:09 PM
User compliance is a big issue
Both Independa and Vivify use bluetooth devices talking to tablets/smart phones- just like Intel, Hommed and a host of others similar solutions. Users need to keep the tablets/phones powered, have the app running, keep bluetooth on and THEN take readings. They also need to keep all devices in the SAME room since bluetooth only goes so far! All this complexity significantly drops user compliance. Then there is realted shipping/training/support costs which makes the solutions quite expensive.

Blipcare, Fitbit, Withings offer WiFi scales which can be kept in the bathroom. Blipcare even has the WiFi Blood pressure monitor. All the user has to do is take readings and the user compliance is radically higher. Patient followup can be done via automated phone calls and text messaging e.g. Silverlink, Eliza. Total cost remains low and you get more and better data. Extra bells and whistles don't make better solutions. They only add complexity and cost while reducing overall compliance. 

 

 
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