Health status quo ‘meant to be broken’

November 18, 2014 in Medical Technology

“The status quo is inadequate and was meant to be broken.”

So reads the tagline of Kyle Samani’s blog. As Pristine’s fo-counder and CEO, Samani is among several panelists who will deliver presentations devoted to wearable healthcare at a Tuesday, Dec. 10 session of the mHealth Summit 2014.

MediSafe chief executive Omri Shor is another panelist. “mHealth apps and wearables will play an important part in personalizing healthcare and improving health outcomes through information transparency and engaged patients,” he said – likely representing the views of many entreprenuers in the ecosystem of innovation that companies such as Google and Apple are fostering.

Google’s Android platform, for instance, is already enabling developers like Kamani and Shor to create cutting-edge apps that move healthcare forward.

Whereas Pristine develops apps for Google Glass and other devices, MediSafe just last month expanded its platform to include wearables, becoming the first mobile health app on Google’s just-announced suite of Android Wear smartwatches.

While wearing Google Glass and the Pristine app, a healthcare provider can stream audio and video to other providers from the virtual perspective of the eyeball. The provider at a distance can virtually see what the on-location provider sees, leaving the transmitting doctor free to focus on the patient. Because the video is relayed from a first-person perspective, the consulting physician can provide guidance as if he or she were actually in the room.

Kamani told mHealth News that Pristine is building out a suite of products and services for Glass “to serve a small part of the overall demand of the market.”

Google Glass is among a number of wearables that are designed to bring considerable opportunites in the areas of alerts, collaboration, education, remote collaboration and telemedicine and provide insight into a patient’s well being, Kamani and Shor said.

“Glass is today where the desktop computer was in 1978 and where the cellphone was in 1992,” Kamani said. “Only (a very small fraction) of what can be developed has been.”

The mHealth Summit 2014 runs from Dec. 7-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C. Register here.

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