Healthcare in the home is the new normal.
We need to bridge the information gap for people who are not well connected with technology.
I really believe in remote healthcare, and I need accurate and up-to-date information on my patients to make good care decisions.
I want to be healthy, but constantly taking measurements is too hard. I need a better way to help me give the doctor the information she needs, especially since I am home by myself.
The Challenge of Independent Living
High quality healthcare needs frequent and reliable information from outside the clinic. Medical device readings are important, but doctors also need lifestyle information to understand their patients and provide personalized care. Remote monitoring provides real-time information about at-risk people, such as when device readings are out of normal range, or when daily life patterns change, so healthcare providers can intervene when necessary, and have the facts needed for talking with their patients.
Many of our most vulnerable people can't access or use the smartphones or computers that most digital health systems require to generate home data, so clinicians lack a current understanding of patient condition. Patients often struggle to provide information - self-reporting is burdensome and unreliable.
* 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 - the timed pattern of essential daily life events that underlie health status. We can 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
"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., Oncology surgeon
*Pew Research 2019 - only 53% of US adults over age 65 own smart phones
Affordable: 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
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