For people with asthma, their inhaler plays a central role in managing the condition. These simple drug delivery devices have been used for decades to deliver medication to the lungs. Regular treatment with inhaled controller medication helps to keep asthma under control and, for some patients, ‘rescue’ or relief medication can limit the impact of an exacerbation (or ‘asthma attack’). The myAirCoach consortium, where CNet is a member, has been working to extend the utility of inhalers by developing adaptors to make inhalers smarter to improve outcomes for patients. Companies, hospitals and universities – in collaboration with patients – have been working to improve inhalers so that we can get as much information as possible about how the patient uses their device and information about the state of the lungs and the immediate environment.
Our partner InJET was exhibiting Linkwatch at the CareWare Conference in Aarhus, Denmark 4-5 April. CareWare focuses on new technologies targeted at the fields of healthcare and assisted living. The aim with the CareWare Conference is to enhance innovation and the development of technological solutions. The LinkWatch integrated solutions for Health monitoring combined with fall detection gained lots of interest from municipalities. We had 125 visitors from 16 municipalities. Each group had 15 minutes presentation. The confernece confirmed that falls are a very serious issue and that Linkwatch has the right combination of Smart Home technologies, involvement of relatives in the care as well as the functionality needed by the professionals.
After the Conference Linkwatch was selected as one of the solutions to be on permanent display in Aarhus for the coming 8 months.
We have now made the LinkWatch Observation Server available through a REST API. eHealth developers can now retrieve streams of observations and display them in different, easy to understand diagrams to both clinicians and to patients. It can be used both for traditional patient and clinician portals, as well as for smart phone app developments. LinkWatch Medical Device Gateways for PC, tablets and smart phones, LinkWatch Health Plugins and the LinkWatch Observation Server forms the LinkWatch Remote Care Platform that can easily be customized for different care scenarios and organisations.
LinkWatch Observation Server is an ehealth software that can receive medical observations from medical devices, process them and store them in database. In addition to the stand-alone SQL Server based solution we are now also offering it as a cloud service through the Microsoft Azure IoT Cloud. This relieves care organisations from having to manage and update such a complex system themselves, new devices and formats are constantly being added to the Remote Patient Monitoring market.
The LinkWatch Observation Server supports Continua, HL7, IEEE11073, IHE-PCD021 formats and can process observations encoded using these standards but also industry formats like openmHealth. The LinkWatch Observation Server also provides an REST-based API for developers that needs to retrieve observation streams (in standard formats) and incorporate them into patient and clinician portals.
The LinkWatch Observation Server can be used as a stand-alone component or cloud service, and it can also be used with the different LinkWatch Gateways for PC, tablet and smart phones and the LinkWatch Plugins to provide a complete Remote Patient Monitoring Platform.
The CAMI project had its kick-off meeting in end of June in Bucharest, Romania. The project will develop a fully integrated AAL (Ambient Assisted Living) solution by providing services for health management, home management and wellbeing including socialization. CAMI builds an artificial intelligence ecosystem, which allows seamless integration of any number of ambient and wearable sensors with a mobile robotic platform endowed with multimodal interaction (touch, voice, person detection), including a telepresence robot.