The P2P technologies provide physicians, other health care professionals and shut-in patients with remote electronic access to each other through a wide range of audio, video, data, diagnostic and monitoring tools, interactive health care information and expertise. Telehealth and telemedicine are both rapidly growing segments of the current health care industry, delivering enhanced quality of patient care, improved productivity for physicians and other health care professionals, and financial efficiency for health care organisations.
The customers for P2P systems are homecare providers, governments, health authorities, hospitals, HMO's, physicians, nursing and retirement homes, and private health care providers. All of these customers have strong financial and professional interests in electronically accessing patients in remote and large urban areas, where it is difficult and expensive to reach patients through traditional personal visits.
The use of P2P technologies improves patient access and the cost efficiencies of sending a health care professional to the patient. The North American average for traditional homecare visits by a health care professional is 5 patients per day. The P2P systems increase that efficiency through electronic access to 15-24 patients per day. High-risk patients can be remotely monitored on a continual basis using two-way communications, as either the patients or their health care providers can contact each other at any time.
The current P2P product line includes three different telehealth technologies, offering health care providers a full range of telehealth options:
- Homecare System utilizes standard telephone lines to send two-way voice, video and data between a health care provider and the patient's home. Eight vital signs of the patient can be remotely monitored using supported peripherals: blood pressure, Sp02 (blood oxygen saturation), ECG, weight, PT monitor (blood coagulation), blood glucose, stethoscope and spirometer (lung function). The video patient visit captures images of the patient and vital sign measurements, and stores the data directly in the patient information system for future reference.
- Integrated Telehealth System allows health care professionals in remote areas to utilize real-time videoconferencing to perform remote clinical and patient consultations. This system also provides health care professionals with immediate access to stored patient information and large international medical databases. In addition to the core videoconferencing capabilities which provide reliable, high quality audio and video transmission, the Integrated Telehealth System supports the integrated connection, control and storage of the data output of numerous specialized medical scopes and video sources. These include Otoscope, Dermascope, Patient Camera and Electronic Stethoscope. The devices are supported by data capture elements such as an X-Ray Digitizer or Document Scanner, and can also be fully integrated into the system for seamless review of the electronic medical record. The Integrated Telehealth System technology was recently acquired by P2P from General Dynamics Canada, which had achieved more than $10 million in product sales to over 50 hospitals in Canada, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.
- Wellness Kiosk is an internet-based kiosk offering real time and bi-directional videoconferencing. All eight vital sign peripherals that are supported by the Homecare System can be utilized, as well as a Breathalyzer peripheral. The system also functions in a stand-alone mode, using a touch screen platform and a thermal printer to capture the user's physical data. The user may also link directly to a health care provider for an interactive health consultation. The system further includes the ability to integrate an emergency first responder's kit and other emergency devices such as a defibrillator. As an internet based system, other features can be embedded into the platform, including a comprehensive educational health site providing users with timely and relevant medical information on a range of diseases. The Wellness Kiosk is designed for corporate worksites, industrial facilities, community centres, schools and correctional institutions, and is currently installed in a number of corporate locations in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Taiwan.