With the release of it first fitness wearable Microsoft connected home partner Insteon is working with developers to take the Microsoft Band into the connected home. Insteon announced last week at the Build conference that developers can now use the Insteon’s RESTful API to create home automation apps that use the Microsoft Band.
Over the last few years a lot have been said about Blackberry, most about their handset and how it has lost out to the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and other Android based models. They are currently working on that along with plans to get Blackberry based systems in our homes as part of a connected home solution.
Many of us will be familiar with Qualcomm through the use of our mobile devices but that is just one area the company is active in. Via its Qualcommlife subsidiary it is actively changing how health services are being offered and managed. Through innovative technologies the traditional way of diagnosing health issues and patient and doctor relationship are being revolutionise.
Since Samsung acquired Smartthings the company has make qualms about its intension the dominate the connected space. Today at its developers conference the company announced new software release the will help developers create solutions for the connected health, smart wearable and connected home market. The company said it is expanding its domain from personal wellness to preventive healthcare service.
The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will evolve the mobile handset into a new area of health services for the user. In addition to home automation via it Homekit, announced at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the iOS 8 is to offer connected health services via its HealthKit framework, a new developer platform for the health sector.
The home is now a billion dollar market for connected healthcare software and services; because of the advancement in technology, especially telecom and M2M, more healthcare services can be carried out in the patient’s home. Gone are the days when patients who need regular check-up are required to visit the hospital or clinic; now they can be monitored while at home. According to research by MarketsandMarkets, the global home healthcare software and services market will worth over US $6 Billion by 2018.
Massachusetts based connected health solution provider, Partners HealthCare At Home (PHH) has selected Philips telehealth solution to improve its services. PHH said they want to reduce readmissions and improve care coordination for newly discharged patients and those with chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure.
The adaptation of regular Sensor technology for home healthcare is predicted to accelerate in growth over the next five years; this is according to research published by ResearchandMarkets. According the paper, sensor technology previously used in non-medical fields are now being adapted to improve healthcare services provided to the elderly and others in their homes.
Qualcomm Life, a division of Qualcomm has been collaborating with health solution providers to develop a number of connected health solutions. Leveraging Qualcomm Life’s 2net and HealthyCircles wireless platform; WebMD, AHA (American Heart Association) and BioScrip, plus more than 35 other solution providers have developed solutions that seamlessly capture, transfer and share health data between the home and hospital.
Healthcare providers have been given a tool to evaluate the financial benefit of using remote monitoring tools on patient with chronic heart disease. The tool was a joint development between the The Center for Connected Health (CCH) and the Center for Technology and Aging (CTA). Through the ROI Tool the CCH hopes to provide the information needed by providers and payers when thinking about Remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions.