Consumer-facing health tools are revolutionizing the way people seek and access care by allowing patients to track and quantify their health from home. But how do researchers, practitioners and patients capitalize on this growing source of health data?
To harness the power of this emerging data source, the HITLAB organization created a software to aggregate and analyze data from disparate devices, enabling new insights for research, industry and patient use.
Activity tracking technologies, such as the BodyMedia and FitBit, provide sophisticated wearable tools for measuring wearers’ activity and sleep. New wireless glucometers and ECG monitors serve as an extension tools for physicians who want to provide extra monitoring and support to patients. Other wireless tools, ranging from blood pressure monitors to medication adherence management devices have potential to help both doctors and their patients regulate their health and personalize their disease management.
These tools have huge potential to alleviate disease and improve health outcomes – if the amassing data can be properly collected, aggregated, analyzed and acted upon.
To make this possible, the HITLAB organization created Climb, a software that collects and interprets data from disparate health devices. Climb integrates and displays data collected from wearable and other health devices using a shared application programming interface system. Data is fed into an automated, synthesized, cloud-based system for physicians, caretakers, and care mangers to analyze and act on data collected from disparate devices.
Climb trailblazes the research evidence base for consumer-facing health tools. Little evidence exists to demonstrate the real-world impact of consumer-facing health tools on health outcomes – and even less evidence exists to demonstrate the power of harnessing data from multiple tools used in unison. Yet, the industry as a whole remains highly excited about these consumer-facing innovations because of their potential impact on the future of health and healthcare. Climb makes the data collected from these devices accessible and actionable – building a quantitative evidence base to demonstrate the impact of such devices on health outcomes.
Data insights from Climb can reduce healthcare costs in a way that has never before been possible. As providers and insurers look for ways to reduce costs, patient monitoring using one or more of these devices - especially for high-risk patients - is an attractive solution. Without a software or database mechanism to aggregate and analyze of the multitude of consumer-facing wireless health devices, the utility of these devices has been limited. Currently, health data collection is discrete and requires manual input from the physician without central storage or integration. This is due to interoperability from major electronic health record systems and their inability to speak to or collect data from consumer facing health devices. Climb makes data collection and analysis simple, automated and accessible – allowing providers to capitalize on wearable and consumer-facing technologies that permit more accurate, real-time, and cost-saving decisions about diagnosis and care.
Climb moves the field forward by responding to the need for high quality analytics as created by the burgeoning field of consumer-facing health devices. The software fills the emerging need for data integration and analysis created as mobile application and devices permit the dissemination of high quality information to researchers, practitioners and patients.