In October 2018, Duke Clinical Research Institute did a trial that demonstrated that VERA saves over $2,745 per patient, is as safe and effective as traditional PT, and reduces hospital readmissions by 60 percent. The platform’s engaging avatar — combined with non-contact 3D biometrics, comprehensive remote monitoring by clinicians, and telehealth visits — saves time, steps, and money for patients, providers, and payers.

An integrated technology kit is shipped to the patient’s home prior to surgery, so he or she can become accustomed to using it. Interactive videos and checklists help prepare patients for what to expect throughout the rehab experience. The kit arrives fully operational with nothing to assemble. It includes its own cellular modem, so it can be used even if a user does not have Wi-Fi.

LifePod enables independent living with voice activation. The major concern of the aged who are living independently is the lack of care. With LifePod, a proactive-voice caregiving service, professional and family care-givers have access to important data about patient well-being. How does it work? The care recipients rely on voice to communicate with the device. The caregivers have access to the data 24/7 as shown in Figure 5.

Fig. 5 - LifePod’s proactive-voice caregiving service enables professional and family caregivers to access important data about the wellbeing of their patients.
Fig. 6 - LifePod uses voice to interact with the care recipients by providing regular reminders to move around, eat, drink, sleep, and take medication. (Source: LifePod)

LifePod uses voice to interact with care recipients by providing regular reminders to move around, eat, drink, sleep, and take medication (see Figure 6). Additionally, it can alert users to such things as upcoming social events and favorite TV shows. The message and activity reminders can be programmed and customized. The device will indeed enhance the lives of those who live independently.

Fig. 7 - Telemedicine is driving doctor house call services with a mobile app. (Source: Heal)

Heal offers house calls with mobile apps. Online shopping has provided great convenience to consumers for years. Now Heal is about to do the same for the medical world. Dr. Renee Dua is Heal Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer. Her vision is to combine the house call with health technology, enhancing the doctor and patient relationship in order to ensure positive health outcomes. Through its new offering, the Heal Hub, the Heal platform gathers data on patients and shares with doctors in real time. Doctors can be alerted to a potential health risk and contact patients to provide immediate assistance (see Figure 7).

Through the touch of an app, a click on the site, or a phone call, a highly vetted, qualified medical doctor will arrive at patients’ doors, 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. A recently published study by Dr. Eric Topol found that “Heal spends more than 300 percent longer with patients than the national average of seven minutes of face-to-face time with a doctor, resulting in higher patient satisfaction and better outcomes.”

Fig. 8 - SleepScore display shows how well an individual sleeps each night. (Source: SleepScore Labs)

Heal saw a 310 percent uptick in growth last year and has delivered 110,000 house calls in just under four years. Heal’s services are currently available in California; Atlanta, GA; Northern Virginia; and Washington, DC; with plans for expansion nationwide in the near future.

Fig. 9 - The SleepScore app would display the results of the sleep pattern and issue a score and compare that with thousands of others in the same age and gender with similar profile.

Did you get a high sleep score from SleepScore Labs? Sleep apnea is a major problem in the United States. To help people sleep better and develop good sleep habits, SleepScore offers a single app to do just that. The process starts with using a smartphone’s microphone and speaker to track and measure the breathing rate and body movement of the user. As Figure 8 illustrates, the user’s sleep pattern is displayed. SleepScore then performs an in-depth analysis of every stage of the sleep cycle, giving insights into the sleep environment. Next, the app displays the results of the sleep pattern (see Figure 9) and issues a score that can be compared with thousands of others who have a similar age and gender profile. The solutions, which are then recommended, include, for example, the best time to drink the final cup of coffee for the day. Additionally, SleepScore works with a number of partners to provide devices for improved sleep, such as sleep sound machines, pillows with music, and scented devices.

Livongo offers an integrated platform to help individuals with chronic conditions to live better and healthier. According to the CDC, 90 percent of the annual healthcare costs come from 147 million people living with chronic conditions in the United States. What if there is a way to help individuals monitor their health and develop good habits to improve their day-to-day lives?

Fig. 10 - The Livongo platform helps patients with chronic conditions to manage diabetes, hypertension, weight management, pre-diabetes, and behavioral health. (Source: Livongo)

To help individuals manage health across the board, Livongo offers an integrated platform to monitor diabetes, hypertension, pre-diabetes, weight loss, and behavioral health conditions (see Figure 10). Their Aggregate, Interpret, Apply, and Iterate approach called the AI+AI is the backbone of its Applied Health Signals engine, which addresses health monitoring simplification. Taking a membership approach, Livongo uses data science and technology to track users’ health conditions to foster better clinical and financial outcomes (see Figure 11).

Fig. 11 - Livongo developed the Aggregate, Interpret, Apply, and Iterate approach called the AI+AI. This is backbone of its Applied Health Signals engine for simplifying health monitoring.


To achieve the three main goals of healthcare: increased care quality; care access for all; and keeping costs under control, technologies used in connected healthcare will be key factors. As households and individuals become more connected, remote healthcare will be a real possibility in the near future.

Helping individuals live independently is a major opportunity and challenge for both the healthcare industry and the government, while AI is seen as key to the future healthcare industry. Finally, five product examples are included to show how healthcare will be enhanced with these new innovations.

This article was written by John W. Koon, President, Tech Idea Research, San Diego, CA. For more information, visit here .