IBM SALES AND DISTRIBUTION                                                                         Sensor solutions for sm...
IBM SALES AND DISTRIBUTION                                                           Sensor solutions for smarter healthca...
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Connected Home Health: Solutions for Providing Care at Home


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Connected home health supports the Continua Health Alliance standards for providers to exploit data from medical devices and sensors. IBM's sensor event platform software enables data capture and transfer, event detection, visualization and patient compliance from enabled devices.

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Connected Home Health: Solutions for Providing Care at Home

  1. 1. IBM SALES AND DISTRIBUTION Sensor solutions for smarter healthcare Solution Brief Connected home health Growth in the population of chronic conditioned, elderly and obese individuals around the world necessitates new models for care and col- Highlights laboration between patients and healthcare providers. To support these efforts, IBM is an early, contributing member of Continua Health ● Connect patients to their complete care team through a more cost- Alliance, a nonprofit alliance of healthcare and IT companies dedicated efficient and convenient exchange of to providing standards for providers to exploit new sources of data personal health and fitness information from medical devices and sensors. ● Enable people with chronic conditions to manage their health at home The connected home health solution from IBM combines data through sensor-equipped medical devices that share vital data directly from sensors and medical devices located within a patient’s home and with their care team IBM’s business process management, event processing and business ● Empower the elderly to age independ- optimization capabilities to deliver new insights to care teams. This ently, with dignity and security through solution is designed to help improve healthcare management across basic life monitoring in their homes three key domains: chronic disease management, elderly monitoring, ● Motivate individuals to achieve weight and health and wellness. loss and fitness goals by connecting them more directly to their health and wellness team Chronic disease management Over 600 million people worldwide have chronic diseases, and the spending on chronic diseases is expected to increase. For example, in the U.S. alone, spending is expected to increase from US$500 billion a year to US$685 billion by 2020. Connected home health can help people with chronic conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, congestive heart failure and hypertension manage their conditions more effectively and live healthier lives. Patients can take their blood pressure, weight, glucose level, tempera- ture and other vital signs at home using special devices that automati- cally transmit the results to a personal health system in their home and on to a monitoring service where they can keep track of their condi- tion. For instance, if a patient’s weight drops, their blood pressure gets too high or other issues are reported, their care team is notified and can take action immediately. This can help improve the patient’s health, and also reduce healthcare costs through early detection of health issues. In addition, by allowing patients to manage their own care at home, connected home health can empower them to take ownership of their own health. And it enables better coordinated care across disciplines by providing an integrated view of a patient’s health information.
  2. 2. IBM SALES AND DISTRIBUTION Sensor solutions for smarter healthcare Solution Brief Elderly monitoring There are 600 million elderly individuals worldwide, and this number is expected to double to 1.2 billion by 2025. Connected home health can © Copyright IBM Corporation 2009 enable these people to age independently, with dignity and security. In addition IBM Corporation to monitoring vital signs through sensor-equipped medical devices, our solution Route 100 can use sensors to assist with daily health and monitoring tasks, and provide Somers, NY 10589 early warnings using biosensor data collection. Produced in the United States of America If everything is the norm, family caregivers are notified as such on a regular November 2009 All Rights Reserved basis. If the patient doesn’t take their medication, for example, the caregiver is also notified so they can call the patient and remind them to take their medi- IBM, the IBM logo,, and cine. If there is an emergency, first responders can be notified immediately. WebSphere are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the Health and wellness United States, other countries, or both. If these and other IBM trademarked Connected home health can even help prevent obesity and other illnesses terms are marked on their first by enabling healthy individuals to share information from fitness equipment, occurrence in this information with a pedometers, weight scales, blood pressure cuffs and other devices directly with trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or their weight loss and fitness coaches. This can help them stay motivated and common law trademarks owned by achieve their goals by connecting them to their health and wellness team IBM at the time this information was through a more efficient exchange of their personal fitness information. published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. Software to empower patients and care providers A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the Web at “Copyright Our connected home health solution, based on IBM® WebSphere® Sensor and trademark information” at Events, collects and correlates data and events from all types of medical devices, providing a platform to aggregate, analyze and visualize events. That data Other product, company or service can be integrated into existing electronic medical record systems and disease names may be trademarks or service management applications for management of diabetes, congestive heart failure, marks of others. and other chronic diseases or medical conditions. It is based on Continua, Integrated Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Health Level 7 (HL7) and service ori- ented architecture (SOA) standards. In addition IBM offers analytics and portal Please Recycle software for trending, scorecarding and data visualization of the data collected from home medical devices. IBM Healthcare Accelerator combines with IBM WebSphere Portal software to help empower patients via an online patient portal. For more information To learn more about connected home health from IBM, please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit: HPS03005-USEN-00