At CES, Independa introduced cloud-based elderly health monitoring and social engagement services on LG TVs and a new medical reminder system over telephone lines.
, a provider of remote monitoring
technology for the elderly, and LG's Zenith division announced at the 2012
International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that they're bringing
senior health monitoring to commercial televisions. LG's
ProCentric displays will run Independa's cloud-based Angela social
engagement platform and medical reminders.
is a social-engagement platform that allows residents in their homes or in
assisted living facilities to access multimedia content and participate in video
chats with family or physicians through single-click access.
Zenith division and Independa will conduct trials of Angela-powered
ProCentric TVs in long-term health care facilities.
companies announced their agreement on Jan. 10 and are demonstrating the
technology at CES.
is a major producer of displays for hospitality businesses such as hotels, and ProCentric
is the company's
line of commercial TVs for that industry.
Independa, we are planning to provide seniors, their loved ones and their
professional caregivers an industry-first suite of multimedia services for
staying in touch and active," Richard M. Lewis, Zenith's senior vice
president, technology and research, said in a statement.
will be able to perform video calling as well as receive messages and reminders
on top of their TV programming, Independa CEO Kian Saneii told eWEEK.
navigate through the Independa Angela system using a standard LG remote, said
seniors view TV programming, medication reminders pop on-screen, and they can
accept or reject alerts, said Saneii. Residents or caregivers can set the
messages to either disappear after a period of time or remain on the screen
until a task such as taking medication has been completed, he said.
could bring more human interaction than many television sets offer, said
it's a TV, you just hear voices," Saneii explained. "It's not social
engagement to them."
also use Angela to share photos and access email, Facebook and medication
reminders. Using Angela on the LG sets doesn't require any computer knowledge,
really changes the platform in a way that requires no real learning to
it," said Saneii.
Independa's CloudCare platform, seniors access their medication reminders and
can connect remotely to their physician.
CES, Independa also announced its new cloud Health Measures service, which
allows doctors and caregivers to retrieve biometric data through a landline or
mobile phone line.
Measures could be suitable for residents in rural areas where cellular coverage
may be limited or for people who cannot afford wireless health devices,
Health Measures, senior-living facilities can enter data such as weight, blood
pressure, glucose level and heart rate on a phone call. Independa then converts
the data to digital form so that caregivers can access it on the CloudCare
allow the telephone to be that conduit to integrate into the cloud, and the
[medical] thresholds then apply," Saneii said, referring to medical
readings for an individual patient that might concern doctors.
uses telephony to provide reminders about medication and social engagement, and
residents can also hear life stories over the phone, Saneii noted.
transitions of care, such as from a hospital to assisted living, Health
Measures can provide a way for patients to continue to provide data to
first 24 to 48 hours after leaving the hospital is crucial for monitoring vital
data, Saneii noted.
Measures calls residents and asks them to enter their current weight or
blood pressure. It asks questions such as, "Were you exercising when
taking this measure?" or "Were you coughing when you were taking this
a month of pilot testing, Independa will make Health Measures available to
residences and health care facilities by March, said Saneii.
system of wireless health sensors
, which the company demonstrated at the
mHealth Summit in December, also connects to its CloudCare platform. Artemis
monitors health data such as temperature, blood pressure and weight, as well as
activities such as pill dispensing. Independa plans to beta-test Artemis in
February and officially launch it in the second quarter of 2012.