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With the idea that the technology isn’t as important as the function it serves, NoMoreClipboard and iMPak Health have announced the launch of iMPak Health Journals – simple device cards that capture information and wireless transmit that data to providers and caregivers.
The two vendors made the announcement Wednesday at the HIMSS12 Conference and Exhibition, adding their product to a rapidly growing list of mHealth-related solutions that’s pushing mobile healthcare and the new mHIMSS initiative to the forefront of many conversations.
The iMPak Health Journals are the brainchild of NoMoreClipboard, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based developer of personal health records and iMPak Health, a joint venture of Swedish chip developer Cypak and Meridian Health, a non-profit, multi-hospital health system based in New Jersey. Sandra Elliott, Meridian’s director of consumer technology and service development, said the two companies joined forces to target a patient population that isn’t comfortable with technology or doesn’t have the financial means to access the latest and greatest toys and tools.
“We’ve virtually piloted almost everything that you can imagine,” she said, “but we found that so many of these solutions are too expensive, or they’re not easy to deploy, or they’re not popular with patients, or they’re too complicated.”
“We realized we didn’t want a device as much as we wanted a solution,” she concluded.
The result: Daily journal cards about the size of a smartphone or credit card that capture health-related data and transmit the information wirelessly via an NFC reader to mobile device applications. Data can then be shared securely with personal health records provided by NoMoreClipboard, enabling patients and family members to manage and share captured health and wellness data.
Data also feeds a clinical portal developed by NoMoreClipboard that enables clinical staff to monitor subjective and objective information collected by patients. The clinical portal includes care plan-driven algorithms tied to particular conditions and identifies patients requiring more intensive intervention. The clinical portal will also generate reminders, alerts and feedback to patients and their caregivers.
“It really is the best of both worlds,” said Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard. “What we’re really trying to do is tie this up with a bow and provide an end-to-end solution for people who might not take to technology.”
“When you give them one of these journals, that’s not technology to them,” he added.
The first iterations of the Health Journals, unveiled at HIMSS12, focus on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – the fourth leading cause of death in the United States – and adult asthma, which affects more than 23 million Americans. Future journals will target cardiovascular conditions, cholesterol screening, medication management and general health and wellness.
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