AMSTERDAM and SAN JOSE, Calif. – Royal Philips is partnering with Samsung to connect Samsung’s ARTIK Smart Internet of Things platform to the Philips HealthSuite digital platform. The collaboration will ultimately allow the Samsung ARTIK ecosystem of connected devices to safely access and share information with Philips’ cloud platform. “This collaboration will enable health care application developers to focus on the development of innovative applications rather than on the technical integration of devices,” said Dale Wiggins, general manager of Philips HealthSuite digital platform, in a statement. “By strengthening our HealthSuite ecosystem with Samsung ARTIK, we will be taking another important step in breaking down the silos in today’s health care domain to create a trusted and seamless care experience for both consumers and care professionals.” Device manufacturers using Samsung’s ARTIK hardware or cloud services will be able to deliver new benefits to their customers with the applications and services provided by Philips’ HealthSuite, including integration of devices and device data into electronic medical records, personal health records and advanced health analytics. Health care application developers working with HealthSuite will be able to use data from devices connected to Samsung’s SmartThings Cloud to develop new, data-driven connected health solutions. Devices built with Samsung ARTIK Systems-on-Modules will also be able to integrate with the HealthSuite digital platform. “Samsung ARTIK-enabled devices and cloud services integrated with Philips HealthSuite can address the growing need for connected health platforms that can safely access, share and analyze information, helping health systems and providers achieve their goal of delivering better care to consumers, from prevention and detection to diagnosis and treatment,” said James Stansberry, senior vice president and general manager of ARTIK IoT, Samsung Electronics, in a statement.
SAN FRANCISCO – Eko, a provider of a platform of digital cardiac screening devices, has raised $5 million in Series A funding to grow the company’s commercial team and expand clinical studies on its platform. “We partner with investors that are passionate about solving meaningful problems; together we can transform the way clinicians and patients monitor heart disease,” said Connor Landgraf, co-founder and CEO of Eko, in a statement. “This investment will enable us to integrate cardiac decision algorithms into our platform to help physicians better track their patients’ cardiac health.” In addition to recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the Eko DUO, the company has received approval from the University of California at San Francisco’s Institutional Review Board for a clinical study focused on valvular heart disease screenings.
The thought of being constantly connected gives me the creeps. I know, I know. I’m immersed in technology every day as part of my job and I love technology, I really do. I have all the toys and I use them. I get excited when I talk to someone who has developed a new device that will help manage my health or improve the life of someone with a chronic condition.
But the thought of being connected whether I want to be or not makes me uncomfortable.
A new report by the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center has concluded that the Internet of Things will continue to spread between now and 2026, despite concerns about cyberattacks, outages and privacy violations as recently reported on the news.
(The Internet of Things, as you might recall, is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, including home health devices, enabling them to send and receive data.)
The report came up with seven themes in answer to the question, “Could security vulnerabilities that become evident as the Internet of Things rolls out prompt people, businesses and government to avoid or withdraw from certain online connectivity options?”
Here are the themes:
Theme 1: People crave connection and convenience, and a tech-linked world serves both goals well
Theme 2: Unplugging isn’t easy now, and by 2026 it will be even tougher
Theme 3: Risk is part of life. The Internet of Things will be accepted, despite dangers, because most people believe the worst-case scenario could never happen to them
Theme 4: More people will be connected and more will withdraw or refuse to participate
Theme 5: Human ingenuity and risk-mitigation strategies will make the Internet of Things safer
Theme 6: Notable numbers will disconnect
Theme 7: Whether or not people disconnect, the dangers are real. Security and civil liberties issues will be magnified by the rapid rise of the Internet of Things
It appears inevitable that we’ll be living in a completely connected world sooner rather than later. Hopefully we’ll use this constant connectedness for good—to make ourselves, and the world, healthy and happy.
TORONTO – People with upper-body mobility impairments now have a way to access smart devices and other technology—including connected healthcare devices—through Tecla-e.
Designed by Komodo OpenLab, Tecla-e provides wireless connectivity for up to eight devices. Users can operate the device through standard accessibility tools like sip and puff controllers, buttons and switches on a wheelchair.
Kaela Malozewski, communications coordinator for Komodo OpenLab, says Tecla-e already has approximately 3,000 users in 23 countries. She said the impact on their lives has been immediate and transformative.
“For our users, just being able to participate and reintegrate with the world through technology has been huge,” she said. “They can get excited about the newest iPhone or tablet because now they can use it. There is no more ‘otherness.’”
The Tecla-e is an updated version of the original Tecla device, which could connect with just one device.
The new cloud-connected iteration features: a simple remote interface for users who are unfamiliar with technology or who have cognitive issues; upgradable firmware; and Bluetooth-enabled connectivity to smartphones, tablets, computers and smart home devices. Caregivers and family members can also monitor users with sensors built into the device that record and track room temperature, movement and location.
Komodo OpenLab is a a for-profit company certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.
Headquartered in Canada, the company has a partnership with phone company Bell Canada to offer users there a rebate for Tecla-e. Hospitals and rehab centers in Canada are also able to use government grants to purchase the Tecla-e or borrow it from government agencies.
In the U.S., coverage is more complex and the device is viewed as more of a consumer electronics device than a medical one, said Malozewski.
‘We see ourselves as an enabler’
BOSTON – Visiomed, a French company that makes connected medical-grade devices, has opened its first North American BewellConnect headquarters here.
BewellConnect is a Visiomed ecosystem that connects multiple medical devices to one app and reads vital signs like blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate and weight. The app analyzes data in real-time and interprets it based on World Health Organization standards. It’s designed for those with or at risk of chronic conditions, the elderly or people who live alone with health concerns.
“The U.S. is a big market, but we saw lots of issues where our technology could help, such as lack of care in rural areas, a shortage of physicians, an aging population and increasing chronic conditions,” said Olivier Hua, general manager of Visiomed Group and CEO of BewellConnect. “We have the solutions to tackle these problems.”
Hua said the huge number of mHealth apps on the market to track different conditions and gather information is becoming cumbersome.
“Too many apps to track different things make it difficult for people to use,” he said. “Our platform gathers information on all of the different vitals and can make your smart phone your personal health system.”
BewellConnect is currently working on a new product, bwcheck-up, that can give patients a personalized assessment and advice on how urgently to consult a healthcare provider.
Hua said the company also plans to launch an “all-in-one television station”—an online platform with video capabilities that connects multiple devices.
“We see ourselves as an enabler for patients and providers to have a better health care experience,” said Hua.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Health care technology company Biotricity Inc. has selected contract manufacturer Providence Enterprise to mass produce its medical grade and connected health care devices. “We are thrilled that Providence is ready to provide full production of our medical-grade devices and to help diagnose patients by tracking and reporting on cardiac activity in real-time,” said Waqaas Al-Siddiq, founder and CEO of Biotricity, in a statement. Specifically, Biotricity will outsource much of its connected device supply chain to Providence to reduce costs, improve performance and meet the expected demand of Bioflux, a remote cardiac monitoring system that physicians will use for testing and diagnostic care.
STAMFORD, Conn. – Qualcomm Life’s 2net platform will serve as the medical device connectivity solution for Philips HealthSuite, the company’s cloud-enabled health ecosystem of devices, apps and digital tools. HealthSuite users will now have seamless access to a wide array of connected medical devices, including blood pressure monitors, ventilators, medical grade biosensors and more. Qualcomm Life will use Philips HealthSuite as a global, secure data management and storage solution for its medical-grade 2net platform. Qualcomm Life customers now have direct access to build applications, integrate with electronic health record systems, store normalized data, run analytics, and manage authorizations and consents in a compliant and secure environment. “By collaborating with Qualcomm Life and leveraging its connectivity and wireless expertise, we aim to help care providers to engage better with their patients and contribute to the goal of improving outcomes,” said Jeroen Tas, CEO, connected care and health informatics at Philips, in a press release.