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Digital Health Care Solutions In CES Spotlight

1/06/2011 12:01:00 AM Eastern
LAS VEGAS — For the second consecutive year, digital health care products are being spotlighted at International CES with a Digital Health TechZone and Summit, as well as a Silvers Summit that includes health products aimed at seniors. In particular, remote health-monitoring solutions abound this year.

Ideal Life is showing its wireless remote health-monitoring products with two-way cellular communication.

The suite of products includes the Ideal Life Pod, which is the system’s Bluetooth- enabled gateway, and add-on monitors for blood pressure, glucose levels, oxygen saturation and heart rate, as well as a body weight scale, a chair scale for very large or frail patients and a pedometer for weight management.

Ideal Life claims to be the first monitoring system to offer almost universal mobile connectivity through compatibility with phones and devices from Apple, Cricket, Google, HTC, LG, Nokia, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, on networks from carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and Virgin Mobile.

iPomdevices is at CES marketing its Sonamba wellbeing monitoring system for seniors.

Sonamba is an in-home monitoring system featuring a 7-inch touchscreen LCD display, built-in motion/sound sensors, automatic status text messages to caregivers, an emergency “panic” button, photo display, alerts, reminders and games. It monitors motion and sound activity, sending out periodic “all is well” or “attention needed” alerts to designated caregivers’ cellphones. If the panic button is pressed, Sonamba will notify the primary caregiver; and if the primary caregiver is not available, it can be set to call 911 next. Meanwhile all designated caregivers will be notified via text messages.

Sonamba retails for $549 with a $39 per month subscription fee and a range of flexible payment options.

IVT will demonstrate a 3G-based version of its turnkey Mobile Health Solution (MHS) for portable devices aimed at combatting three major chronic diseases: hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.

IVT has ported its NHS software to Windows Mobile and Android platforms and can support 3G systems including CDMA, 1x EVDO, TD-SCDMA and W-CDMA.

By using the device kit a user can measure blood pressure, cardiac activity, blood-glucose level and blood-oxygen level. The results are displayed on a cellphone and sent to the user’s Personal E-Health record on a remote server where the data is saved and analyzed in real time. The procedure is fully automated and the test results can be automatically forwarded to a third party via short messages, allowing a user’s family or caregiver to monitor the user’s medical condition.

Also exhibiting a monitoring solution at CES is Lifecomm, a wellness-solutions company providing a wearable mobile personal emergency response system (PERS). The device features automatic fall detection, activity monitoring and emergency services.

Lifecomm is a partnership between Hughes Telematics, Qualcomm and American Medical Alert.

The wearable lightweight medallion has one-touch access to an emergency assistance call center. Inside the device, a cellular modem will enable wireless voice and data communications, and an embedded GPS combined with other sensors will enable locationbased tracking and monitoring of the person wearing the device. A personalized web portal for the user and/ or caregiver will provide access to information about user activity and location.

TabSafe is displaying its web-based medical management system that not only monitors patient health but also dispenses medicine.

The TabSafe Medical System links to a website where data is transferred so family and medical personnel can monitor a patient’s behavior and vital signs.

In addition the device securely stores and dispenses all medications at designated times —the system alerts patient and caregiver if the medication is not taken on time — and allows caregivers to monitor and refill prescriptions remotely. It also can dispense “as needed” medicines such as pain relievers, monitoring the output to reduce the chance of overdose or too frequent usage.

Alerts for caregivers are accessed via the web or by cellphone messaging. A smartphone app is in the works.

And finally, Independa, a San Diego-based startup, will launch the first phase of its Remind Plan at CES. Remind integrates smart calendar technology with automated telephone-based event reminders, medication tracking, reminder services and more.

The Independa system will offer remote vital-signs monitoring, medications reminders and logs, appointment reminders, ambient temperature readings, flood and opendoor alerts, crisis response and a quick chat feature.

The Independa team will demo the Remind Plan, as well as Angela, a tablet device that will expand the system’s capabilities to another level of control by mid- 2011.
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