5 mHealth Questions
Would you please provide an overview of your company?
Independa offers easy-to-use, comprehensive telecare solutions for the independent elderly. Independa's best-of-breed Integrated CloudCare services enable organizations and individuals to cost-effectively help older adults remain independent longer, more safely and more comfortably.
The company, recently featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, provides services including medication and appointment reminders, support for activities of daily living, social engagement opportunities, and wireless health and safety monitoring.
Knowing how care recipients are doing in real time enables remote caregivers to serve more people, gain peace of mind and intervene if necessary.
What products/services does your company offer?
Caregiver Web App: Caregivers use this cloud-based app to set up automatic reminders for the elderly of such important events as medical appointments, birthdays, planned visits and social engagements, as well as receive alerts if something may be amiss.
Reminders may be sent by phone or email, or delivered visually. All information is consolidated to form a complete health view. The Caregiver Web App also enables the elderly to conveniently record their memories by phone.
Angela™: The Independa Angela social engagement solution, synched with the Caregiver Web App, provides a single point of communication for care receivers to help ward off social isolation.
Running on a touchscreen tablet or a computer, and coming soon to LG televisions in senior living facilities, Angela provides one-touch access to medication and calendar reminders, video chats, email, the Internet, photos, social media, games, puzzles and other interactive content. Care receivers don't need to be able to use a general-purpose computer. Angela also offers larger screen fonts, higher contrast and brighter colors geared to the needs of the elderly.
Artemis™: Artemis, also integrated with the Caregiver Web App, will help caregivers remotely monitor care recipients through such wireless biotelemetry devices as a scale, blood pressure cuff, glucometer and pulse oximeter, as well as safety and environmental sensors that can detect motion, pressure, flooding, room temperature, smoke, carbon monoxide and other conditions. Artemis is scheduled for general availability in the second quarter of 2012.
How does it work?
The cloud-based Caregiver Web App may be accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, or a tablet. It can send alerts via a landline or wireless phone or Angela.
This app combines various kinds of information from diverse sources. The Health Measures feature, which enables health data to be phoned in, is particularly helpful for the elderly in rural areas and elsewhere who do not have a wireless infrastructure or wireless devices.
Angela provides an easy-to-use and fun single point of communication for care recipients. It is managed through the Independa Caregiver Web App.
Artemis connects sensors to monitor vital signs, safety and home conditions to the Independa cloud, via a wireless hub.
What are the health benefits of your products?
Independa enables professional caregivers (e.g., home care, home health and senior living professionals) to expand their scope of services and care for more people, more cost-effectively.
Having a one-stop shop for a comprehensive array of telecare services saves time and money for professional caregiving organizations and family members.
As a result, the elderly can live healthier, happier lives while remaining independent, which means avoiding high-cost, less-preferred institutional care. For example, medication reminders help prevent falls, and those reminders as well as remote monitoring reduce hospital admissions and loss of independence.
Independa telecare provides peace of mind for all involved - the elderly, their professional caregivers and their family members.
What do you think needs to be done to reform healthcare in the U.S.?
We need to move from the current "sick care" system to a focus on wellness and preventive healthcare.
We need to do a better job of managing chronic conditions. Telecare can address these issues.
We also need to move toward more reimbursement for older-adult care and shift from private care to reimbursed care.