Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

ARM and TrustedCare partner on monitored healthcare

Steve Rogerson
November 22, 2016
TrustedCare, a Texas-based digital health company, and UK semiconductor IP company ARM are collaborating to enable medical devices for use in the care of patients with chronic conditions in a way that allows a wide variety of providers to access information in a secure, authenticated and auditable manner.
This is part of the move to allow patients to recover at home and transition to a monitored wellness lifestyle, which should be the norm of future health care.
The collaboration aims to create firmware, software technologies and APIs based on existing and emerging standards for bridging health care and wellness. These technologies will offer the industry telecare standards to enable health care and wellness device manufacturers to integrate seamlessly with a wide variety of health care management systems, significantly reducing current complex integration issues.
“ARM is the most widely deployed processor technology in smartphones and wearables, devices we expect to be the main platform for securely gathering medical data and acquiring a patient’s biometric identity and consent,” said Shiv Ramamurthi, health care technology director at ARM. “TrustedCare is a pioneer in remote monitoring and together we can help improve health care efficiency by enabling providers to gather trusted data, helping them make timely clinical decisions and deliver better care at lower cost.”
TrustedCare and ARM jointly submitted a proposal to the “Move Health Data Forward Challenge”, sponsored by the US Department of Health & Humans Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and were selected as a winner of phase one.
“As health information technology becomes more accessible, consumers are playing an even greater role in how and when their health information is exchanged or shared,” said Vindell Washington, national coordinator for health information technology. “The Move Health Data Forward Challenge will help consumers unleash their health data and put it to work.”
TrustedCare CEO Ramkrishna Prakash added: “TrustedCare is focused on allowing health care providers to work in a coordinated way to enable the sustained recovery of patients. We are excited to work with ARM to create a new level of capability that allows providers to deliver more positive outcomes for patients as well as benefiting from the shared savings that will be generated.”
TrustedCare is a digital health and wellness company that lets healthcare providers adapt and succeed in the healthcare model introduced by the Affordable Care Act.
“This collaboration will alleviate the burgeoning issue of technology integration facing the health care industry by standardising communication interfaces and thereby significantly reducing the cost to integrate medical and wearable devices while at the same time bringing a new level of security and accountability in care delivery,” said Betty Otter Nickerson, ex-CEO of Sage HeathCare.

The total prize money available for the three phases of the challenge is $250,000, with the two finalists winning a total of $75,000. Phase one required a series of plans to describe the technical, operational, financial and business aspects of a proposal to show that participants had feasible and executable plans. Each phase one winner below will receive a $5000 award:

  • TrustedCare and ARM: TrustedCare and ARM aim to develop devices that enable patients to interact with multiple providers in a secure, authenticated and auditable manner, helping to improve coordinated care in accountable care organisations by using open standards.
  • CedarBridge Group: CareApprove allows consumers to consent to share their health information with their health care providers from their smartphone and optionally to choose which sections of information may be shared with a given provider.
  • EMR Direct: EMR Direct’s HealthToGo service aims to facilitate the deployment of applications that can integrate patient data from multiple data holders through software that supports scalable deployment of APIs. This will enable consumers to manage sharing of their health information, and improve the accessibility of patient health data.
  • Foxhall Wythe: Docket optimises patient-health care provider communications by empowering mobile users to maintain their critical health information securely and authorise the transmission of that information to trusted care professionals.
  • KreateIoT, Technatomy and Koncero: The aim is to provide individuals with the power to access their health information electronically and actively direct their health information’s flow to help make informed decisions through a browser on a laptop or mobile application. The team is using Substitutable Medical Apps Reusable Technologies (Smart) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to create a secure way of sharing sensitive patient data.
  • Lush Group: The Lush Group’s HealthyMePHR allows patients to import their health information from their primary care provider’s electronic health record system, define how it is shared with others, and authorise electronic access. Additional features will accelerate patient clinical data sharing on a patient-by-patient basis.
  • Live & Leave Well: Live & Leave Well is an end-of-life planning platform designed to help individuals create, manage and share end of life plans using API technology.
  • SpunJohn Consultants: MedGrotto gives patients an easy, simple and secure platform to store and access their complete health record while sharing with their providers and/or surrogates with fully customisable access levels from any device, anytime and anywhere.
  • Thoughtkeg Application Services: is an enhanced patient portal web application that uses modern web technologies for front-end design that is responsive to users and enables patients and their proxies to control the movement of their health data.
  • Resilient Network Systems, Webshield and Safe-Biopharma: Resilient Network Systems partnered with WebShield, Safe-BioPharma, Carebox and InterSystems to create a way to give consumers the ability to access and share their own health records conveniently and on demand. It demonstrates a nationwide capability to verify a consumer’s identity, locate and electronically request a consumer’s records, and deliver them to a secure cloud-based personal storage service.
The ten phase one winners now move to phase two, where up to five finalists will be awarded $20,000 each for prototypes and test performance. Phase two winners will move to phase three, which will award $50,000 for up to two winners each based on the participant’s ability to implement their ideas.