Folks, I don’t generally write up reports on products, but this one was so interesting I wanted to give you a look-see and let you assess it.
A UK-based manufacturer, Isansys Lifecare Limited, has just introduced a “cloud-based patient digitization and analytic solution for monitoring and predicting the present and future clinical status of patients anytime, anywhere.” (Whew, try saying that three times fast!)
More specifically, Isansys is introducing a “Patient Status Engine” which integrates data from wireless sensors on the patient’s body into a cloud-based EMR. The Engine is apparently designed to not only accept data from the sensors, but also to use that data to predict future health events.
The wireless sensors at the heart of the “Vitals as a Service” program are also created by Isansys. Here’s how the company describes them:
The LifeTouch HRV011 sensor performs a key patient digitisation function within the Patient Status Engine, and together with other devices allows healthcare providers to collect five vital signs continuously, wirelessly and in real-time – Heart Rate (HR), Respiration Rate (RR), Blood Pressure (BP), Pulse Oximetry (SpO2), and Temperature (T). The system also analyses the ECG signals to provide the essential data for Heart Rate Variability (HRV) techniques and methods.
The EMR used for the bundled product is provided by Tolven Corp., which has created an open source solution, and the secure server hosting was created in partnership with Fujitsu.
There’s so much going on here that I’m not even sure what to say about this, other than that I love the idea of getting vitals into the EMR without endless checking and note-taking. My guess is that despite the open-source partnership, this will not be cheap, but that remains to be seen.
In any event, I see this as a great example of several trends — including mobile computing, interoperability of medical devices and remote monitoring — coming together in a useful way. Here’s hoping this product delivers what it promises.