At the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco this week, Philips and Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc) in The Netherlands unveiled a prototype prototype system for managing and improving the lives of patients with COPD. The system relies on patients wearing a HealthPatch MD from Vital Connect (San Jose, California) that sticks to the chest and monitors one lead ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, and posture. The patients also receive a spirometer and a tablet computer. The data from the patch and spirometer is sent to the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform and passed on to relevant clinicians via the eCareCoordinator application.
The patients can review their personal data using the provided tablet and enter any additional information using a special app. Additional health parameters from other devices will soon be able to flow into the system thanks to an API Philips is developing for the HealthSuite.
Here’s a Philips video presenting the new system: