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5 mHealth Questions


Independa
(@Independa)

Would you please provide an overview of your company?
Independa offers easy-to-use, comprehensive telecare solutions for the independent elderly. Independa's best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help older adults remain independent longer, more safely and more comfortably.

The company, recently featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, social engagement opportunities, and wireless health and safety monitoring.

Knowing how care recipients are doing in real time enables remote caregivers to serve more people, gain peace of mind and intervene if necessary.

What products/services does your company offer?
Caregiver Web App: Caregivers use this cloud-based app to set up automatic reminders for the elderly of such important events as medical appointments, birthdays, planned visits and social engagements, as well as receive alerts if something may be amiss.

Reminders may be sent by phone or email, or delivered visually. All information is consolidated to form a complete health view. The Caregiver Web App also enables the elderly to conveniently record their memories by phone.  

Angela™: The Independa Angela social engagement solution, synched with the Caregiver Web App, provides a single point of communication for care receivers to help ward off social isolation.

Running on a touchscreen tablet or a computer, and coming soon to LG televisions in senior living facilities, Angela provides one-touch access to medication and calendar reminders, video chats, email, the Internet, photos, social media, games, puzzles and other interactive content. Care receivers don't need to be able to use a general-purpose computer. Angela also offers larger screen fonts, higher contrast and brighter colors geared to the needs of the elderly.

Artemis™: Artemis, also integrated with the Caregiver Web App, will help caregivers remotely monitor care recipients through such wireless biotelemetry devices as a scale, blood pressure cuff, glucometer and pulse oximeter, as well as safety and environmental sensors that can detect motion, pressure, flooding, room temperature, smoke, carbon monoxide and other conditions. Artemis is scheduled for general availability in the second quarter of 2012.





How does it work? 
The cloud-based Caregiver Web App may be accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, or a tablet. It can send alerts via a landline or wireless phone or Angela.

This app combines various kinds of information from diverse sources. The Health Measures feature, which enables health data to be phoned in, is particularly helpful for the elderly in rural areas and elsewhere who do not have a wireless infrastructure or wireless devices.

Angela provides an easy-to-use and fun single point of communication for care recipients. It is managed through the Independa Caregiver Web App.

Artemis connects sensors to monitor vital signs, safety and home conditions to the Independa cloud, via a wireless hub.

What are the health benefits of your products?
Independa enables professional caregivers (e.g., home care, home health and senior living professionals) to expand their scope of services and care for more people, more cost-effectively.

Having a one-stop shop for a comprehensive array of telecare services saves time and money for professional caregiving organizations and family members.

As a result, the elderly can live healthier, happier lives while remaining independent, which means avoiding high-cost, less-preferred institutional care. For example, medication reminders help prevent falls, and those reminders as well as remote monitoring reduce hospital admissions and loss of independence.

Independa telecare provides peace of mind for all involved - the elderly, their professional caregivers and their family members. 

What do you think needs to be done to reform healthcare in the U.S.?
We need to move from the current "sick care" system to a focus on wellness and preventive healthcare.

We need to do a better job of managing chronic conditions. Telecare can address these issues.

We also need to move toward more reimbursement for older-adult care and shift from private care to reimbursed care.


NEW FEATURE: "5 mHealth Questions"

With more than 15,000 fitness and health applications on the market, I decided to offer some of these companies the opportunity to tell their story, profile their company so-to-speak, so that folks who tune into the blog can gain a greater understanding of what's out there, how it works, what it does to improve quality of life/fitness and how it can help reform and change healthcare.


These are NOT PAID ENDORSEMENTS OR SPONSORSHIPS from companies, rather profiles based on apps or companies I come across in my daily research and outreach in the mobile and health industries.


@TechnicalJones


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ENDOMONDO (@Endomondo)

Would you please provide an overview of your company?

Founded in 2007 by a team of fitness fanatics, Endomondo turns mobile devices into full-fledged personal trainers and connects users to a vibrant social fitness network where people can support, motivate and challenge each other and share results.  The Endomondo Sports Tracker mobile app, which utilizes GPS technology, records a full history of workouts and can be used for any distance-based sport.  Additionally, the Endomondo.com website provides users with a personal portal -- incorporating performance tracking tools, an extensive atlas of exercise routes around the world, connection to the Endomondo community, and more.   Available on seven mobile platforms (iOS, Android, RIM, Windows Phone, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Java), Endomondo operates on almost all GPS phones. For more information, please visit http://www.endomondo.com and follow @Endomondo on Twitter.

 

What products/ services does your company offer?

Fusing cutting-edge technology, including location-based GPS, and social networking capabilities, Endomondo motivates users toward more fun and greater fitness. Endomondo turns smartphones into a personal trainer in your pocket tracking your sports activities and connecting you to their Fitness Social Network.  It is the perfect solution for those looking to get fit, delivering encouragement from peers and simulating the group exercise experience. Endomondo lets you structure workouts around your fitness goals: work out when you want, where you want, and with or without others.

 

How does it work? 

Using GPS, the app tracks route, distance, duration, split times, calorie consumption and more, while providing audio feedback on performance. The Endomondo app offers a full history with previous workouts and statistics, as well as a localized route map for each workout. On certain handsets, the app also supports integration with the built-in music player and different heart rate monitors. Endomondo Sports Tracker also incorporates community and social features that allow users to challenge friends and share results.

 

Endomondo Sports Tracker is currently available on seven mobile platforms (iOS, Android, RIM, Windows Phone, Symbian, Windows Mobile, Java) and more than 400 handsets and supports almost all GPS phones.  The app can be downloaded free. Apremium version is available for $3.99. You can join Endomondo's Fitness Social Network for free, or optionally you can upgrade to the Athlete's Lounge for $6/month or $39/annually.

 

What are the health benefits of your products/services?

As a mobile app and social network that promotes fitness, Endomondo aids in the overall well-being of people.  In turn, this reduces medical costs associated with caring for the unfit.

 

What do you think needs to be done to reform healthcare in the U.S.?

It is well noted that obesity greatly impacts the U.S. healthcare system.  By promoting a fit lifestyle, aided by Endomondo, the healthcare system can offer an ounce of prevention that ultimately results in a pound of cure.


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