Technology is a key enabler in the precision medicine trend, which will transform healthcare in the next few years. However, improving outcomes while reducing cost is a global challenge and nobody can achieve material results by acting alone.
To this point, Sensoria Health, a leading developer of smart garments and artificial intelligence wearable solutions, and Genesis Rehab Services, a leader in long-term care rehabilitation, announce the Internet of Me (IoME) Alliance built on Microsoft Azure IoT platform at HIMSS 2018. The alliance allows healthcare providers to extend the reach of their limited number of clinicians, serve the growing needs of the aging population, and drive smart aging digital innovation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), by the year 2040, over 20 percent of the U.S. population will be older than 65 years of age. By building on its platform approach and creating an open ecosystem across multiple partnerships in differentiated healthcare scenarios, Sensoria Health has the capability to transform the IoT into a human body, patient centric IoME via smart garments, microelectronics, mobile apps and cloud infrastructure provided by Microsoft Azure IoT.
Thanks to the pervasiveness and affordability of new Internet of Me connected microelectronic devices, combined with the unlimited power of cloud computing, a massive amount of patient data will soon fuel artificial intelligence and predictive analytics algorithms that will generate healthcare value in ways that were never possible in the past. Patient data will also be collected, managed and secured according to the HIPAA legislation.
“Artificial intelligence and IoME are the best ways for researchers, clinicians, consumers and patients to quantify healthcare, through real life, personal, easily collected and measurable outcomes,” said Davide Vigano, co-founder and CEO of Sensoria Health. “Every sensor infused garment has the capability to become an ultra-wearable personal computer that transforms our biological and cognitive life into streams of data that can be monitored, shared and shaped into actionable diagnostic information with the help of a clinician.”
The healthcare industry is one of the largest areas of opportunity to leverage technology into consumer workflows, including scenarios involving gait monitoring, rehab compliance, fall detection and diabetic foot complications. With current wearables unable to accurately measure activity of the elderly, Sensoria Health will first address gait impaired patients and rehabilitation compliance.
According to Tom Davis, principal program manager, Microsoft Azure IoT at Microsoft Corp., “Sensoria Health’s smart garment and footwear solutions provide a quantified, wearable full-gait assessment tool that improves the aging patient health and allows them to remain independent longer. In addition, Microsoft Azure enables compliance with global standards including HIPAA so customers can be assured that sensitive patient data is secure.”
Since Sensoria Health’s inception in November of 2017, the company has already joined forces with prestigious and innovative IoME Alliance Partners, including Genesis Rehab Services (GRS), Focus Motion, Optima Molliter and upBed.
The partnership with Optima Molliter will lead to the creation of MOTUS smart powered by Sensoria, the first smart diabetic footwear product that monitors patient compliance to a clinician’s prescribed mechanical offloading protocol to help reduce the risk of amputations.
Another partner solution, upBed, powered by a Sensoria Core wearable worn by Alzheimer’s patients, can replace bed alarms and can discretely alert caregivers when a person wakes up, to assist in fall prevention of residents in assisted living facilities.
Grant Hugh, CSO and co-founder of Focus Motion stated, “Our rehab monitoring system reimagines movement quantification for wearables and body sensors. Sensoria Core combined with our software make it easy for developers to automatically track, quantify, and understand movements. Our hardware and OS agnostic SDK does all of the signal processing, learning, and device integration so you can focus on making engaging applications.”
CEO of Focus Motion, Cavan Canavan also stated, “Sensoria Core enabled us to build reliable, accurate algorithms for orthopedic recovery, including intricate, dialectic components such as Range of Motion, Consistency, Duration, and Pause. Sensoria Core is the perfect solution to build an IoME implementation that meets the needs of a growing market in Total Knee Arthroplasty rehab and beyond.”
In each of these different clinical scenarios, the Sensoria SDK powered by Sensoria Core, a revolutionary, non-mission specific device, connects to the patient and provides real-time biometric data via sensing technology, creating the IoME. Microsoft Azure IoT Hub establishes reliable, bi-directional communication, enhances the security of IoT solutions and ingests real-time data and uploads files to the cloud.
“Population health and precision medicine work hand in hand,” said Vigano. “Population health helps to identify the ‘who’ and select cohorts of patients who are at risk and require attention. Precision medicine defines the ‘what,’ arming healthcare providers with the specific information they need to create effective, individualized prevention and treatment plans. In order to do this, technology needs to extend the reach of healthcare providers to make it easier to collect and analyze data, which we now offer with help from Microsoft.”