How Mobile Technology Is Changing Healthcare

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If you look at any approach to mobile technology, traditionally what people did in the past was to create just terminal emulation, emulating a medical device on a mobile phone without the ability to manipulate those images, and get better quality out of the data that you're accessing.

The other approach is looking at web browsers, but web browsers what they did in the past is they transmitted a lot of data back and forth between the servers and the client devices, and that created issues of performance. At the same time, the bandwidth that was available was not enough to be able to perform this type of activity.

Today, you see companies like Google or Apple that have created incredible manipulation tools on the graphical user interface, to be able to look at images in a way and couldn't see before and zoom in into those images to enhance the quality. And what we do today is we can keep medical aspect ratio on looking at a wait form that comes from a patient monitor, and keep that diagnostic quality.

What we are looking at is simulation of the patient that is in an Intensive Care Unit, patients that are connected to patient monitors, 12-lead EKGs, they're connected to ventilators, infusion bumps, all that information flows into this application, so physicians can actually look at this data remotely.

This could be on any wireless device. We started, of course, with Windows devices, Blackberries and now primarily we see IOS, iPhones and Android devices. Today we cover about 700, 000 patients, babies a year through our air triple V application. Cardiology we are monitoring a number of patients that are coming into the hospital on a ambulance and we are able to, the physicians are able to determine way in advance before you coming to the hospital if you have a heart attack.

Before you had to go through a whole process and it will take about 90 minutes until you actually go into a cath lab to open up that artery, to clear that artery. Today we are creating a significant impact on reducing time to intervention which is we create a number of incredible benefits.

I think that the devices that we are going to start looking at are those body sensors that monitor today on patients, monitor an EKG, glucose for diabetic patients, but eventually we will start wearing activity level devices that tell us how much we're walking, I wore one, basically tells me how many steps I take, how much I run, the calories that I take and those are the type of devices that are starting to get patients really engaged with their health, and using mobile devices to be able to view that data.