For over forty years, Philips Lifeline has provided elderly patients with a medical alert service. Now, the company is taking this service one step further by rolling out CareSage, a new predictive analytics engine that allows health organizations to better monitor and care for elderly patients through a combination of wearable devices and monitoring.
CareSage provides an analysis of both real-time and historical data from healthcare providers and Philips Lifeline, identifying patients who are likely to experience health issues so providers and clinicians can intervene before these problems occur.
CareSage’s creators say that the platform is designed to support many of the most pressing issues in healthcare reform, including caring for a rapidly aging population. Within this space, there is a need for providers to understand who might be at risk and when they might be at risk. Healthcare organizations have only a small window of time to provide patient care; to actually manage and provide better care with reduced costs, organizations need technology that provides a low cost solution for long-term care management.
CareSage is a backend analytics service that builds on real-time and historical data about seniors collected from both providers and Lifeline services. The engine operates on the Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform, an open and secure cloud-based, IT infrastructure that supports the secure collection of all types of data related to health and lifestyle, allowing for top-notch integration and analysis.
“CareSage adds an additional service to help patients stay connected to their healthcare organizations,” says Linda Schertzer, Senior Product Manager of Global Product Management at Philips Home Monitoring. “Patient care is so frequently siloed. Our goal is to help with interoperability and connections between the organizations and patients receiving care, using the right resources at the right time.”
At its core, CareSage’s calling card is that it utilizes data to focus primarily on elder care. But CareSage was also built with a new payment model for healthcare reform in mind; organizations who are financially concerned about caring for a patient over the course of a year will now have data that preemptively looks for high-risk patients, saving both the patient and the provider money.
CareSage has been tested in several different organizations already and will officially launch commercially on May 23, 2015. By using the service, healthcare organizations will hopefully be able to improve quality of life for their patients.
“It’s really exciting that we are taking a service for seniors and using it in a way that supports some of the important goals of healthcare reform,” says Schertzer. “Rather than just being a consumer device, CareSage connects patients to healthcare providers in new ways.”
Soniya Shah is an on-staff contributing writer at MedTech Boston. She's a senior at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a BS in technical writing. She has experience as a ghost writer and medical writer, and in developing software documentation.
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