Cybernet's MedStar, the key component of a Web- or POTS-based outpatient care system, is a small computerized terminal that collects physiological data from patients' in-home devices and sends the data to a central electronic management system. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals have immediate access to updated outpatient information.
In the current market, telemedicine services have employed expensive equipment required to operate the system. As most telemedicine services are not covered by medical insurance, Cybernet offers its MedStar technology at an affordable rate, so the chronically ill may overcome the obstacle of high prices.
The company continually innovates the MedStar product line. Cybernet recently added videotelephone service options, which are ideal for facilitating regular face-to-face visits between health care providers and patients in situations that preclude frequent office visits. These virtual visits, in combination, with regular physiological transmissions, enable health care providers to more closely monitor at-risk patients in a supportive manner.
"The future success of telemedicine lies in our ability to create economically-priced tools that incorporate a broad range of communication options", noted Chuck Jacobus, Ph.D., CEO of Cybernet Medical. "The MedStar system is already compatible with videotelephones, an ideal communication methodology for patients who have access to the infrastructure required for streaming video. But for patients in rural areas or for those who are less technologically inclined, such as the elderly, a more straightforward approach to remote physician-patient communication is needed. PalStar offers a simple and effective alternative."
The MedStar system remotely collects and transmits the physiological data of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and congestive heart failure (CHF). PalStar offers a complementary level of care by allowing a series of subjective questions to be tailored and posed to each patient on a frequent basis.
Through a simple interactive interface with MedStar, a health care provider can now prompt a patient to take medication or ask how the patient is feeling. The questions are sent over a standard phone line to the patient's handheld PalStar. When the patient completes the answers by using a touch screen, the information is returned to the health provider or nurse, who then reviews the data via a computer.
PalStar offers the following features:
- user-friendly screens with customizable fonts for patients who may need a larger typeface for improved readability
- the ability to pose any type of question, ranging from multiple choice to text input
- no requirement for additional hardware or software, as information from PalStar can be viewed from any Web browser