Two mHealth companies are joining forces to integrate wearable sensors with a cloud-based platform, enabling patients and their physicians to monitor vital signs and activity levels in real time.
The partnership between mHealthWRx and Aventyn was announced on the first day of the three-day Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance's Convergence Summit in San Diego. It brings together Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based mHealthWRx's WRx Health Hub and the Vitalbeat remote patient monitoring and chronic disease management system developed by Aventyn, of Carlsbad, Calif.
“Aventyn is excited to partner with mHealthWRx to provide our clinicians and patients personalized remote monitoring solutions to better manage chronic conditions and improve care quality. The WRx Health Hub will be offered through our Vitalbeat remote patient monitoring system, along with clinically verified sensor technologies for clinical trials and vitals monitoring,” said Navin Govind, Aventyn’s founder and CEO, in a press release. “This partnership provides hospital home health agencies, assisted living facilities and long term care providers a scalable, cost effective solution for long term care.”
The announcement underscores a key topic that WLSA officials expect to address during the summit: The development of mHealth devices and programs not just for those with long-standing chronic conditions, but to fit into the consumer-oriented health and wellness market.
Aventyn officials note that Vitalbeat, combined with personable wearable sensors, is making inroads in the daily management of conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, COPD, pain management and sleep apnea by allowing physicians to remotely monitor their patients via smartphones, laptops and tablets. But this platform also enables consumers to remotely monitor their own diet, physical activity and medication compliance via configurable alerts. It also enables consumers to access social networks like Facebook and Twitter for group-sharing, networking and integration with personal health records.
That link is created through the WRx Health Hub, an FDA-approved device that looks like a nightlight and interfaces with wireless medical devices, including weight scales, blood pressure meters, pulse oximeters and glucometers, to transmit data over the cellular network to cloud-based servers.
“Personalized care right in the patient’s home is the key to improve outcome and control the cost of treating a rapidly expanding and ageing population,” said Nicholas Vassilakis, mHealthWRx’s founder and COO, in the press release. “We are proud Aventyn chose the WRx Health Hub and excited to partner with them, providing the solutions that improve communication between patient and physician, address critical factors to reduce hospital readmission and improve the overall quality of care.”