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Innovative Ideas in Connected Health at Partners Connected Health Symposium

MedTech Boston attended this year’s Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston and was BLOWN AWAY by all the awesome ideas and innovation from presenters and exhibiters! Here’s a round-up of some of the cool stuff we saw:

1. OMsignal

This Montreal-based company has integrated physiological sensors into the threads of a health monitoring shirt. I chatted with Frederic Chanay about the sensing technology. Not only does the shirt transmit your heart rate (in fact a full ECG signal), breathing and activity in real time right to your phone, but you can also use the metrics to track specific ‘moments’ where you may have been stressed or in the middle of an intense workout. I was amazed when the presenter pulled up a screen with all of OMsignal’s employees’ live stats shown in one place. Wow!

While the current tech is really cool, in the future the team is planning to incorporate additional functions to help predict events based on your metrics. For example, the system could tell you to go to bed early tonight because it seems like you may be at a risk for developing a cold. Check it out ya’ll.


2. HipaaChat

HipaaChat has replicated SMS and FaceTime functions in a HIPAA-compliant container to enable physicians to communicate securely with other physicians or their own patients. The HipaaChat app is currently available for only iOS with Android coming soon. Not only does HipaaChat make communication with doctors as easy as texting and using Facetime, it also enables a whole new approach to telemedicine. Is it as good as the hype? Try it out and let us know what you think.

See a live demo from CEO Salim Habash:

3. Omada Health

The San Francisco-based company founded by ex-Google employees, engineers and designers is poised to make a stand against diabetes. Omada provides a 16-week training class that helps people make life-style changes to lose weight and reduce risk factors that lead to diabetes. Users join a group and become socially involved in the team’s weight loss goal. Omada helps with changing food habits, increasing activity levels and reinforcing good habits. The entire program is based on the NIH’s Diabetes Prevention Program, which has been clinically validated to reduce the incidence of developing type II diabetes by almost 60% How awesome is that!?

4. Zephyr BioPatch

The Zephyr BioPatch is a modular adhesive patch that sticks to a patient’s skin and measures heart rate, respiratory rate, and activity. The patch can be used in a hospital environment, or at home for remote monitoring. The patch wirelessly communicates to a smartphone interface, and the physician can remotely request a 30-second full ECG snapshot from the patch’s 2 electrodes. Joe Taylor gave me the run-down on how the patch works at Thursday’s session:

Zephyr’s patches aren’t only used in clinical settings, however. Over half of the NFL’s teams use similar patches for training to get bio-insight into maximizing performance.

5. Clever Cap

This product is really awesome, and I won’t be surprised to pick one up from the pharmacy in the next couple of years. The automated cap is programmed by a pharmacist to dispense a single pill at the prescribed time, while flashing and sending digital reminders to ensure compliance. The cap is locked until it’s time to take the pill, which means that it would be nearly impossible to take a double dose if you’ve forgotten whether you’ve already taken it for the day. The CleverCap could be especially useful for patients that have many medications that require precise timing and dosage. When you’re done with the cap, you return it directly to the pharmacist.


No doubt about it, health is ‘connecting’ with our everyday lives in more ways than we can imagine. These technologies are just a handful of the amazing ideas and companies I had the chance to see. Check out the Symposium’s schedule for a full list of presenters and exhibiters.


Article written on October 25, 2013 by Shannon Moore. @ShannonMoorePhD

Shannon Moore

Shannon Moore

    Shannon is an Associate Consultant at DRG Consulting, where she helps clients in the life sciences approach strategic problems. As a new-comer to Boston, she's very excited about all of the medical innovation happening in her neighborhood, and loves learning about the people and resources that make it so vibrant. Shannon also holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering where she studied the biomechanics of bone regeneration. She can be reached at shannon@medtechboston.com.

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