Mobile Device Offers Constant Link Between Patients, Healthcare Pros

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 4:51am

Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, today announced a new product concept. The Minder enables continuous, real-time medical data collection and transmission via cellular networks. Increasing the accuracy and frequency of patient data reporting, the Minder demonstrates a new technology solution that the company feels can lower the cost of healthcare by improving the quality of patient care.

Doubling as a pocket-sized digital patient checklist, Minder is a gateway that captures wireless medical data and transmits it to a patient’s online health record, creating higher volume and higher quality data for Electronic Medical Records. Moreover, Minder can receive real time updates to the checklist, thereby enabling two way communications with healthcare professionals or caregivers for more meaningful use of e-health records.

Usually, a hospital visit is required in order to record data, such as ECG or blood pressure readings, into a patient’s EMR. However, as wireless-enabled medical devices continue to grow in number, the Minder showcases a viable pathway for 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 potentially unnecessary and expensive hospital visits. For patients, the Minder offers a daily medication and monitoring unit.

With the goal of increasing compliance via user engagement, the Minder displays an interactive timed to-do list that can be customized for individual patients. For instance, the recovering heart attack patient can now 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 Cambridge Consultants experience with CSR’s BlueCore and Qualcomm’s Wearable Mobile Device 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 via Bluetooth or USB from any Continua Certified devices and transmit this data via HL7 over cellular networks The Vena wireless healthcare software stack embeds the Bluetooth™ Health Device Profile for the secure transport of medical data and the IEEE 11073 standards for compatible exchange of information between devices.

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