Telehealth service allows live care of patients at home

Healthcare technology provider American Well (Boston, Mass., U.S.A.) and Numera (Seattle, Wash., U.S.A.), a telehealth provider, last week announced a collaboration to deliver health monitoring information directly into live online encounters between physicians and patients.

According to American Well, patients being monitored for a range of conditions will be able to track their vitals and other data through consumer brand glucose meters, blood pressure cuffs, peak flow meters and other devices. Numera's technology makes the information available to physicians caring for patients via American Well's system.

Numera's FDA-cleared gateway technology allows patients to send information from a range of biometric devices directly into other healthcare IT systems.  The agreement with American Well will allow real-time data exchange with its Online Care Suite, a telehealth network that connects patients with physicians and other providers for immediate, live online visits using two-way video, secure text chat, and/or the phone, says the companies.

Physicians will be able to review biometric information alongside patient history and other clinical information as part of each visit, then diagnose, prescribe, or track treatment plans as appropriate, according to American Well.  Furthermore, the biometric data will be automatically captured as part of a complete record assembled by the system at the conclusion of each visit, supporting continuity of care.

"Much of the transformation in the US healthcare system is focused on providing more effective, comprehensive care for our most vulnerable and challenging patients – many of whom are home-bound," says Roy Schoenberg, CEO of American Well Systems.

The joint offering will be made commercially available in the fall of 2011.

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