EmPowering a data-driven approach to personalized healthcare for people who don't (usually) use technology
Healthcare in the home is the new normal.
We need to bridge the information gap between clinical visits with next generation remote monitoring.
I really believe in remote healthcare, it gives me accurate and up-to-date information on my patients to make good care decisions.
I try to be healthy, but constantly taking measurements is too hard. I need a better way to give the doctor the information she needs, especially since I am home by myself.
The Challenge of Independent Living
Frequent and reliable information between clinic visits improves healthcare. Medical device readings are important, but so is daily life information - whether the person is sleeping, eating, and moving around as usual. Remote behavioral monitoring provides real-time information to medical staff and family caregivers for at-risk people who have trouble using smartphones*, wearing wristbands consistently, answering surveys accurately, or taking medical device readings.
"I have two types of patients: ones with smartphones and ones without. I can get information on the ones with phones, I don't know what is happening with patients who don't have phones.* I need a system that assesses those patients at home."
Shyamali Singhal, MD, PhD., Cancer surgeon
* A quarter of Medicare members can't access telehealth because they lack digital tools like a computer or smartphone. A fifth had dementia, or hearing and communication problems. (Most home medical devices depend on smartphones to generate and send the readings, so are not available to this population.)
What if the home itself could gather, organize, analyze, and report medically relevant daily life information, and give it to the clinical care team?
The concept is simple. EmPowerYu detects and analyses the Heartbeat of the Home(TM) - the pattern of daily life events that reflect the health status of the whole person. We can also integrate medical device readings into the pattern, and provide lifestyle context to those readings.
EmPowerYu is digital health technology
for people who don't usually use technology
Affordable and Scalable: Uses commonly available Smart Home sensors from various manufacturers
Privacy Protective: no cameras or audio records
Universally usable: no smartphones, broadband, or behavior changes needed. People with physical, cognitive, and technical barriers to effective communication can just live their lives as usual.
Automatic: 100% participation in data collection because people don't have to make any effort or change their lives in any way for the system to work
Simple: easy to install, anyone can use
Reimbursable: the system qualifies for Remote Patient Monitoring payments, and supports Chronic Care Management, Principal Care Management, and various telehealth codes
Data-rich: the Home Life RecordTM provides information for primary care questions about eating, sleeping, and activity, and supplements an electronic medical record
Personalized: the system is adaptable and easily configured to address specific care plans
Proactive: real time oversight empowers caregivers to intercept problems early
EmPowered home care is:
Healthcare vs sickcare
Proactive vs reactive
Automatic vs manual
2016 Fall Health program at Plug & Play Accelerator
2021 Finalist for Safe and Effective Aging in Place Challenge at AARP
Selection for Digital Health Challenge to support healthcare providers post-COVID-19
September 2022 - Semifinalist, Colorado's program to improve healthcare access and equity
February 2022 - Semifinalist in the Innovation in Dementia program in Portugal sponsored by Roche Pharmaceuticals and Beta-i.