Personal Health solutions leverage the information generated from one’s own unique health journey through a combination of hardware and software in order to provide information to providers, patients, and others, with the goal of improving care of each individual.
Changing Healthcare Through the Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought with it a wide range of capabilities that combine to address the healthcare landscape in ways that are only now being realized. Connected devices have been able to provide Personal Emergency Response Systems (PERS) to the broad population, allowing for individuals to access medical assistance through the touch of a button… at home or on the go. PERS saves lives daily. Remote monitoring of patients, referred to as Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), allows devices to collect important vitals data for an individual regardless of location, avoiding the need for a doctor’s visit, but also providing the information on a far more frequent basis. Telehealth, or more specifically video-based Telehealth solutions enable doctors and patients to conduct many types of doctor visits remotely, over the Internet, thus streamlining the process and avoiding in-person visits. Perfect for patient follow-up after discharge from the hospital, but also compelling for a wide range of remote-enabled interactions for diagnosis, or even one on one sessions (physical therapy, mental and behavioral health services, etc.). Even today’s wearable devices, such as Fitbit and smartwatches provided by a wide range of companies (Apple, Android, Samsung, Garmin, and others) provide a rich source of information that was previously unavailable. Information such as activity, sleep, continuous heart rate and more, can enhance the overall view of the individual.
All of these capabilities provide the framework for better care and overall health of the individual at the personal level.
The Lifemesh Personal Health solutions are based on combining these hardware solutions described above, with a consolidation of the data derived from each, and combing this information with the providers data related to the individual’s electronic health record (EHR), prior claims data, social, cognitive, and physical determinants of health, and more, to deliver a platform for improved health, and lower medical costs.