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  • 1. Ofer Atzmon Aerotel Medical Systems Med-e-Tel 2011, Luxembourg Wireless Technologies Helping Chronic Care Management
  • 2. 2 About Aerotel Medical Systems  Aerotel is a global provider of fixed and mobile telehealth and telecare solutions  Based in Israel  Developing wireless telehealth applications since 1998  Introduced the first personal wearable mHealth system in 2007  Introduces a wireless homecare hub in 2009  Installed base in 50+ countries around the world, and growing
  • 3. 3 So Many Buzzwords… So Many Definitions…  Telemedicine  Telehealth  eHealth  Mobile Health (mHealth)  Personal Health  Digital Health  Wireless Telehealth  We shall focus on Wireless Telehealth: The use of wireless technologies for the provision of healthcare services
  • 4. 4 Market Still Small, but Growing Steadily
  • 5. 5 Market Drivers (everybody should know…)  Fast growing elderly demographics  Chronically ill patients live longer and suffer from various chronic diseases  Patients become more involved with their personal health  Cost savings:  $1,000+ per day for hospital bed  $200 per day for visiting nurse  $5 per day for tele-monitoring  Wireless technologies are becoming more affordable and common  Around 70% people own cellphones and over 90% of world’s population is covered by mobile network (Source: GSMA)
  • 6. 6 The Need for Chronic Disease Management  45% of Americans have at least one chronic illness, and  25% suffers from multiple chronic diseases  75% of the US health care spending each year is spent on chronic disease  Millions of work days are lost, costing about $1 trillion a year (Source: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies)
  • 7. 7 The Homecare Evolution  Past: Visiting the patient on a scheduled basis  Present: Telehealth allows daily monitoring with real-time diagnostics and interventions  Future: Wireless technologies make it even more easier, safer and personal to fit today’s dynamic lifestyle
  • 8. 8 The Benefits  Remote Monitoring Improves Quality of Care, Reduces Healthcare Costs and Empowers Patients  Early interventions are critical for  improvement of symptom management  reduction in unnecessary hospital visits  Remote monitoring can lead to stable symptom management, improved health behaviors, and compliance with medications and treatments  Significant cost savings for care providers and payers  Patients can travel with comfort, and stay in touch with their doctor or access critical information from anywhere
  • 9. 9 Barriers Still Need to Be Overcome  Reducing costs of technology  Making the technology transparent for end-users  Standardizing data-exchange protocols (e.g. Continua)  Protecting data privacy  Concentrated effort of various stakeholders (vendors, payers, wireless carriers, healthcare providers)….
  • 10. 10 (Source: McKinsey & Company )
  • 11. 11 Introducing Connect-Cell™ Wireless Homecare Hub  Small and light-weight – can be hidden around the home  Easy to use – only one push button (On/Off)  Supports a wide range of sensors from various suppliers  Transmits data to a remote medical center/EHR/Portal  Fully automatic data acquisition and transmission  Built-in GSM/GPRS module (by Cinterion)  Integrated Bluetooth module  Two serial ports
  • 12. 12 Wireless Home Telehealth System
  • 13. 13 Immediate Feedback Via Personal Health Portals
  • 14. 14 Case Study: “The Do-It-Yourself House Call” Remote-Monitoring Technology Leads Heart Patients to Take Their Readings at Home From the Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2010 (click to read full article) Ms. Brown's blood-pressure reading and transmission devices. 'I was constantly going to the doctor,' said Carolyn Brown of the Bronx, N.Y. 'Now they can tell right away if I am in trouble.'
  • 15. 15 “The Do-It-Yourself House Call” – Service Description  Service by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corp., covered by insurers  Provided to post heart attack patients  Puts a scale, blood-pressure cuff and glucose monitor into patients' homes  Collects the data daily via the hub  Nurse case managers follow up with the patients if any of the vital signs seem worrisome  Patients do not have to go see a doctor is nothing is wrong with them
  • 16. 16 “The Do-It-Yourself House Call” – the Benefits  Detect changes and intervene before the patient has to be hospitalized.  Instead of constantly going to the doctor, the monitoring service can detect immediately if the patient has a problem  Faster evaluation of suspected heart failures  Peace of mind for patients and caregivers  30% reduction in hospitalization for heart-failure patients, a study showed  Significant cost savings: $6,300 for a Medicaid heart patient's typical hospital stay vs. a $626 worth wireless monitoring system (which is typically rented).  The system actually pays for itself!
  • 17. Thank you for your attention Please come visit our stand at Med-e-Tel Ofer Atzmon VP Business Development and Marketing +972-52-2451771