The Continua Health Alliance is comprised of technology, medical device and industry experts dedicated to connecting patients, doctors and treatments in new ways through personal telehealth. As a member of this team, VivoMetrics is wholly committed to this shared goal and is developing a next-generation LifeShirt to address the need for RPM of a population that is growing older and experiencing a greater rate of chronic disease.
"Through our partnership with Continua, we can help to advance a much needed system of personal telehealth devices that will work together", stated Howard Baker, president and chief executive officer of VivoMetrics. "As members, we can share in the development of design guidelines and product certifications that will help deliver on the promise of RPM to, as Continua puts it, 'continuously protect and enhance health, regardless of location'."
The convergence of many factors is driving the need for RPM. Baby Boomers and their parents are living longer and are demanding health care that can adapt to their active and independent lifestyles. Additionally, many of these older patients are living with chronic diseases that require high levels of care and ongoing monitoring. Numerous studies have shown that RPM has the ability to curb costs and improve outcomes of patients with chronic diseases, with estimated potential savings of $200 billion over the next 25 years in the United States alone. (Litan, Robert: "Vital Signs via Broadband Health Monitoring Transmits Savings, Enhances Lives", October 2008, website: http://www.betterhealthcaretogether.org/study)
Advances in wireless technology and an expanding market for mobile medical devices enable health care providers to reach and care for patients in new and innovative ways. The ability to monitor patients in their homes or other real world settings can improve efficiency and reduce staffing needs at hospitals while improving patient care, particularly for high-risk patients with chronic diseases.
A comfortable, non-invasive and fully integrated "smart garment", LifeShirt enables health care professionals and researchers to continuously collect laboratory-quality physiological data from patients in the real-world settings where they live and work. LifeShirt monitors vital life sign functions such as heart rate, respiration, posture, activity level and temperature which, when viewed in relation to one another, provide the most complete remote picture of a patient's health and well-being available today.
Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry coalition of the finest health care and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal health care. With more than 180 member companies around the world, Continua is dedicated to establishing a system of interoperable personal health solutions with the knowledge that extending those solutions into the home fosters independence, empowers individuals and provides the opportunity for truly personalized health and wellness management.
VivoMetrics Inc., founded in 1999 and based in Ventura, California, is an innovator in next generation remote patient monitoring (RPM) through the use of its proprietary LifeShirt system. VivoMetrics has supported research and clinical trials using LifeShirt at nearly 300 research and academic institutions across a wide range of disease states, including sleep disordered breathing, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cystic fibrosis. More company news is available in the VMW February 2003 article Medweb, Vivometrics and Siemens Environmental Systems showcase emergency technologies during Shadow Bowl.