Cambridge Consultants has unveiled its ‘connected patient’ technology to reduce the cost of long-term treatment and better integrate wireless medical devices into the healthcare industry.
David Blakey, head of drug delivery at Cambridge Consultants, said: ‘The idea behind the “connected patient” is to enable seamless data transfer using wireless technologies, from patient monitoring or treatment devices to a patient’s healthcare network – a physician’s office or online medical support applications, for example – to encourage patients to follow their planned treatment regime.’
The technology offers a range of online applications to allow healthcare specialists to monitor medication adherence and improve patient interaction with healthcare providers. According to the company, this will improve compliance, reduce costs and increase the quality of treatment.
The system is currently being demonstrated using an inhaler concept attached to the company’s Vena wireless healthcare device platform.
It works by connecting a personal computer or smart phone to an online personal healthcare application that reminds the patient when to take their treatment.
Compliance information is then sent to a healthcare professional who can access the data and monitor progress against other patients. The system can also be used to gather non-patient-specific data from a population of users to better evaluate a therapy’s efficacy.
Michael Dunkley, vice-president at Cambridge Consultants’ US office, explained: ‘Parents of children or carers caring for seniors can monitor compliance and be alerted if a therapy is not being followed correctly. Both patients and caregivers can also be directly rewarded with appropriate incentives for achieving increased compliance.
‘Moreover, they can link into consumer Web 2.0 healthcare communities, perhaps sharing information or getting encouragement from others. The system can also enable remote monitoring to facilitate early detection of potential problems and lead to proactive intervention.’
Cambridge Consultants is making its Vena platform available as a reference design for clients to use as the basis for their own wireless healthcare device development.