Connected Care Testbed

Fast Facts

LEAD MEMBERS:

Infosys

SUPPORTING MEMBERS:

Massachusetts General Hospital MD PnP Lab, PTC, and RTI

MARKET SEGMENT:

Large hospital organizations, clinical organizations and any other health care providers. Medical device manufacturers developing products for cloud connected ecosystems.

CHALLENGE:

With extended life spans of the world's population comes an increased burden on the world's health care systems. Up to 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition that requires continual treatment management. With the advent of accessible IoT technologies, health care providers are now able to access patient remote monitoring and health informatics that can make management of these populations more cost effective and increase the quality of care. However the slow pace of technology adaptation and proprietary solutions among medical device manufacturers makes it difficult for caregivers to implement a cost-effective IoT solution for patients which can bring together all pipelined stages of patients' treatment, from initial diagnosis through lifetime disease management.

GOAL:

To develop an open IoT ecosystem for clinical and remote medical devices that can bring together patient monitoring data into a single data management and analytics platform.

FEATURES:
  • Building an open IoT ecosystem that is medical device and activity tracker agnostic
  • Clinical and remote monitoring patient data in a single data management and analytics platform
  • Medical device asset tracking & management
  • Patient prescription medicine and treatment adherence
  • Communication and alert system for adverse health events
COMMERCIAL BENEFITS:
  • Improvement in quality of life for patients by allowing them to live more independently
  • Reducing the cost of chronic medical care
  • Provide patients, family and caregivers more involvement and leverage in patient care
  • Reduce cost in development of IoT connectivity in medical devices though standards adaptation
  • Reduce hospital readmissions to reduce health care costs and improve reimbursement rates

The Testbed

The world's populations are getting older. There are many reasons for this, including advances in health care technology, increased access to health insurance, and a more health-conscious society. With these extended lifespans there is increased concern for chronic health conditions. Up to 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition that required medical attention and management, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and potential injuries from falls. Because of the society shift in a reduction in unofficial caregivers, like family and friends, many older adults are therefore forced to seek professional home care or nursing facilities. But these are very expensive options and out of reach for many patients.

Infosys, a member of the Industrial Internet Consortium, is leading a new testbed project with significant contribution from Consortium members RTI, PTC, and Massachusetts General Hospital MD PnP Lab (Medical Devices Plug-n-Play Interoperability Program), part of the Partners HealthCare network of hospitals. This testbed is focused on creating an open IoT health care ecosystem for remote/home monitoring of patients, giving them the option of living at home with the added security of remote management of their chronic conditions. This will create a cost effective solution for patients and their families, and provides caregivers the opportunity to provide continuous care beyond the walls of their office or facilities.

Including clinical/hospital patient monitoring within this ecosystem allows for data aggregation and unification of patient data into a single environment, including EMR systems. Caregivers will be able to access a full patient history including clinical & hospital visits with patient vital summaries collected, summarized and analyzed along with the patient's remote monitoring data. Dashboard summaries of patient data will provide a single-page view into the patient's health and adherence to prescribed therapies and medications, and warnings/alerts can be generated to indicate or prevent adverse health events. All these capabilities will provide caregivers better tools for managing chronic conditions of their patients.

A substantial opportunity exists here to reduce the cost of chronic health management for patients. Advances in technology minimization and integration, networking access of medical devices and preponderance of personal smart devices make IoT technology particularly well suited to address this problem.

The Testbed will provide an ecosystem of tools that can provide:

  • Improved patient health and reduced hospital readmissions
  • Provide patient, family and caregivers involvement and access to patient health
  • Enable patients to live at home while under managed care
  • Enable health care providers to improve patient adherence to prescribed treatments

As a result, this testbed can provide a better quality of life to patients and enable better care management by caregivers.

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