GenerationOne and University of Miami collaborate to advance mobile health care through innovative technologies and enhanced clinical decision support

Miami 07 October 2008GenerationOne Inc. and researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Miller School Of Medicine and the College of Engineering have initiated joint development to leverage mobile health care technologies and telemedicine to contribute to the care of individuals with chronic diseases. A primary focus of the relationship will be advancing the GenerationOne mobile health solution, which uses mobile technology and proprietary phones to engage individuals in the active management of their chronic conditions and wellness. Advanced scripts and disease management protocols developed in collaboration with the University will deliver clinical decision support through GenerationOne's solution to guide and monitor individuals throughout their daily care routines.

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Spearheading the relationship for the University of Miami are Bernard A. Roos, M.D., director of the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, professor of medicine, neurology, and exercise and sport sciences and director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Miami VA Healthcare System, and Herman S. Cheung, Ph.D., James L. Knight Professor of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering), professor of medicine and orthopaedics and Senior VA Research Career Scientist.

The GenerationOne mobile health solution alerts individuals to take medications or perform other prescribed activities like testing blood glucose or blood pressure. The results of these actions are then collected wirelessly from medical devices and/or through mobile phone interactions with patients. The information is automatically analysed and stored in on-line personal health records. Pre-set triggers are in place to determine if the GenerationOne On-Call Nursing Service or a physician should be alerted.

"Like GenerationOne, the University of Miami is dedicated to empowering consumers to pro-actively manage chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma", stated Jeffery Wolf, CEO, GenerationOne. "By aligning with the University's medical and technological expertise to refine our clinical protocols, we will take GenerationOne's state-of-the-art mobile health care solution to the next level."

Added Bart Chernow, M.D., vice president for special programmes and resource strategy, vice provost of technology advancement, and director of UM Innovation: "We are enthusiastic about this new venture as it relates to the University of Miami's mission to serve others."

UM Innovation is the home of technology advancement at the University of Miami and serves to nurture and integrate comprehensive research initiatives both at the basic science level and in clinical care. UM Innovation not only encourages collaboration between every member of the UM research community, but also among outside industry.

"Working as academicians and scientists in the VA, where informatics and technology have created a large patient benefit, has opened our way to novel technology that can transform health care delivery. The VA's encouragement of partnerships, not only with academia, but with industry, has created a unique opportunity for UM and the Miami VA to improve care for South Florida and the nation", stated Dr. Roos.

Added Dr. Cheung: "This is an excellent example of a successful story in collaborative research in innovative health care delivery technology by two faculty members from the College of Engineering and Miller School of Medicine. This translational work led to a commercial licensing agreement with GenerationOne to enhance patients' quality of life, improve outcomes and reduce costs across the health care system."

To demonstrate the efficacy of the GenerationOne solution in a clinical setting, the University of Miami will conduct pilot programmes to measure improvements in an individual's ability to manage their diseases when provided with real-time interventions and clinical decision support.

The organisations also plan to co-host a series of conferences and seminars, participate in presentations and develop white papers focused on educating the health care industry and consumers on the significant benefits of mobile health care. Additionally, organisation leaders will seek to participate on approved federal and/or state health care advisory committees and task forces as the voice for the advancement of mobile health care. As such GenerationOne Inc. has already unveiled its Mobile Health Solution at Partners Center for Connected Health 5th Annual Connected Health Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts.

"GenerationOne's Mobile Heath Solution closes the gaps in traditional disease management and prevention programmes. We leverage advanced wireless technology and clinical decision support to deliver real-time alerts and interventions and establish an always-on connection between patients, clinicians and caregivers", stated Jeffrey Wolf, CEO, GenerationOne. "It is an honour to unveil our fully integrated mobile solution for collaborative care before industry leaders who are working together to transform health care by delivering the tools patients need to become truly engaged in the management of their health and wellness."

GenerationOne was selected to showcase its health care solution during the Symposium's Innovator Showcase. Don Rosen, Chief Technology Officer, GenerationOne, demonstrated how, by using advanced scripts and disease management protocols co-developed with leading United States medical and academic institutions, the Mobile Health Solution guides and monitors individuals throughout their daily routines. Don Rosen highlighted how the GenerationOne solution was designed for ease-of-use by consumers, providing them with just-in-time health information and reminders customized to their specific needs and conditions.

GenerationOne's flexible technology platform allows health plans and employers to launch the Mobile Health Solution as a new programme or integrate it into existing disease management and wellness programmes to drive improved results. Services can be delivered through GenerationOne's specially-designed health phone, which is optimized for transmission of health information, or integrated with consumers' existing compatible phones. Packages available through GenerationOne's robust voice and data network can be tailored to include incentives to drive consumer adoption and regular use of the Mobile Health Solution.

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, founded in 1952, was the first medical school in the state of Florida. The Miller School of Medicine is located on the 100-acre University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex in Miami. The medical centre includes three University-owned hospitals that make up the University of Miami Health System (UHealth): University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The three primary affiliated hospitals on the campus include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children's Hospital and the Miami VA Medical Center.

Miller School faculty members conduct more than 1700 research projects in basic science and clinical care in facilities totaling more than 500.000 square feet of research space. Along with the M.D. degree, the school offers two specialized B.S./M.D. programmes, a combined M.D./Ph.D. programme, graduate degrees in nine areas, postdoctoral programmes and continuing medical education courses.

Based in Miami, Florida, GenerationOne leverages advanced mobile technologies and clinical decision support to provide an end-to-end solution that provides multi-directional communications and timely access to critical information that enables physicians, caregivers, families and patients to collaborate for better health management. The company's proprietary wireless health management system is a flexible suite of components, including the GenerationOne mobile phone, which is optimized for delivery of health information, a web-based control centre and notification, voice and data services that can be customized to monitor a wide range of disease and wellness conditions.

This allows providers, payers, employers and others responsible for managing the delivery and cost of health care to work with patients and consumers to integrate interactive, targeted health management tools and information services into their daily routines. By delivering real-time interventions and always-on decision support, GenerationOne's mobile health care solution results in more efficient health care delivery and improved patient outcomes. More company news can be found in the VMW August 2008 article GenerationOne to launch United States' first mobile collaborative care solution.


Leslie Versweyveld

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