Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Samsung partners Partners on connected health

Steve Rogerson
April 28, 2015
Partners HealthCare is working with Korean company Samsung Electronics to develop the next generation of personalised digital and mobile products for health and wellness. The first phase of the collaboration will include software development and clinical research to deliver tools to improve chronic disease management.
Remote monitoring programmes help patients and providers effectively manage chronic conditions, enabling patients to track their health, securely share personal health data with their provider and become collaborative partners in their care. Remote monitoring data, including blood pressure, blood glucose and weight, give healthcare providers a more complete picture of a patient's condition to assess their health status effectively and provide just-in-time care. Mobile health tools also help improve patient engagement, medication adherence and empower individuals to self-manage their health and wellness.
"We are excited to have access to the vast capabilities of Samsung Electronics to help improve the way we deliver care to our patients" said Kamal Jethwani, senior director for connected health innovation at Massachusetts-basedPartners HealthCare. “This joint development programme has the potential to significantly propel m-health and personal connected health forward. This project represents the start of how smart technology, intelligent algorithms and world class clinical expertise can be combined to change the paradigm of care delivery."
Jethwani will lead this research initiative at Partners HealthCare, which plans to launch in a clinical trial in June.
"This unprecedented new partnership brings to bear the unique strengths of Samsung Electronics, the Partners connected health team and our leading healthcare providers, to expand the boundaries of digital health technology," said Joseph Kvedar, vice president for connected health at Partners HealthCare. "Combining our real-world clinical experience and implementation of connected health with their leading mobile and IT technology, we believe that, together, we can re-imagine the future of health and wellness and deliver innovative, convenient and powerful personal connected health tools."
Partners HealthCare is an integrated health system founded by Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to its two academic medical centres, the network includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organisation, community health centres, a physician network, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities.
"This partnership will be an important step towards embracing the real needs of healthcare providers and patients," said Suntae Jung, vice president of Samsung Electronics. “We aim to leverage our technology to help individuals lead healthier lives, while delivering healthcare providers the tools they need to improve clinical outcomes. We look forward to collaborating with Partners HealthCare and Massachusetts General Hospital, and to the unlimited potential for mobile care technology."
Samsung's Seoul-based digital media and communications R&D centre will oversee this programme for the company.
Partners HealthCare is leveraging information technology – mobile phones, tablets, wearables, sensors and remote health monitoring tools – to deliver patient care outside of traditional medical settings. Its connected health programmes are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness, and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes.
The connected health team creates and deploys mobile technologies in a number of patient populations and care settings, and is conducting clinical studies to test the effectiveness of mobile health technologies in various clinical applications, including medication adherence, care coordination, chronic disease management, prevention and wellness. Partners is a non-profit organisation, one of the USA's leading biomedical research organisations and a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.