Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Zerintia and Oracle wearable manages chronic patients remotely

Steve Rogerson
July 2, 2015
 
Spanish technology company Zerintia Technologies has created a wearable device powered by Oracle Digital Platform technology to dynamise the healthcare system and improve the healthcare quality for people with chronic diseases.
 
Called Real Time Healthcare, it is based on wearable technologies to manage chronic patients remotely and in real time. It comes in answer to the growing problem of patients disregarding their treatments and habits recommended by professionals and the ageing population in developed worlds.
 
According to the latest demographic data worldwide, in the next 15 years, life expectancy will increase to nearly 90 among women and 85 among men, which means that nearly 45 per cent of the population will be over 65.
 
“We know that 80 per cent of patients’ interactions with the public healthcare system are related to chronic disorders, which makes up 70 per cent of the total health expenditure, whereas the misuse of medicines makes up eight per cent of the health expenditure,” said Kepa Sagastebeitia from Socio de Innovación Conultoría de Zerintia. “Out of this percentage, 57 per cent corresponds to poor adherence. Against this backdrop, health expenditure will double if we aim to keep the current quality of healthcare.”
 
The Zerintia product is based on the use of new wearable devices to enable real-time advice and monitoring for patients and a sustainable healthcare model as well as the improvement of the quality of healthcare. Users simply have to wear the device and follow a series of simple instructions whenever they need it, whether to take their medicines, to exercise or to have their blood pressure taken. This helps specialists reach their patients more effectively, in real time, with two-way communications, and provide them with a comprehensive service.
 
This should improve the quality of healthcare as well as the lack of adherence to treatments, and the user’s habits. Likewise, the user feels monitored and accompanied in-between check-ups. This has so far been neglected but has a strong influence on the adherence to patients’ treatments and their health.
 
Setting up and using this technology is simple for the healthcare personnel too. From their workstation, specialists can easily set up the medication and other recommendations or healthy habits that patients should include in their routines. Specialists can set up alarms for specific circumstances and alter the parameters depending on the patient’s progress.
 
These devices incorporate sensors that register countless variables from the user, including heart rate, temperature, calories, steps, activity or position. Likewise, the devices have other useful functions such as data sim, touch screen, GPS or an alarm.
 
“This is the other side of therapeutic success,” said Sagastabeitia. “The feeling of reassurance, help, safety, support or the doctor-accompanies-me effect are vital for patients to decide to adhere to the treatment and their family and friends to encourage them. This is also achieved through support, encouragement and reinforcement messages.”