Technology Meets Healthcare
In my search for innovative systems promoting patient-centred integrated care, I recently came across the company myVitali, which is designed to facilitate for people approaching what Jane Fonda calls “Life’s Third Act”. MyVitali is a system integrated into the own home, consisting of emergency call, vital monitoring, control, information and supply services offering the security of total care. The system is designed to motivate the user to actively and effectively take care of his health. The company has aimed to create an intuitive interaction concept rather thought of as a lifestyle product than a device for telehealth.
The project was born out of a brainstorming session between the developers at Massive Art Multimedia in Austria and CoSi Elektronik in Germany where they produced the idea of bringing together several aspects of the modern computing world and applying them specifically to senior citizens. As Massive Art Multimedia’s Tom Ulmer explains, “The introduction of computing power into the lives of the elderly can offer reminders to take medicines, dietary advice, immediate access to medical professionals and much more. It also reduces the need for visits to a local doctor. Users can take important measurements such as their blood pressure, weight and body fat and have that information directly uploaded to the system. Any healthcare professional they deal with can therefore have immediate access to their recent health records.”
The system is designed assuming very little computer knowledge of their users, without compromising on the inclusion of advanced technology, such as wireless, webcams and touch pads. Users with sight and hearing problems are also taken into consideration. All the information that is gathered belongs to the user and he can limit access at any time. The data is safeguarded using the same technology that banks use for mobile devices.
For a better understanding of how myVitaly works, have a look at the below video which is posted under “Our Goals” on the company’s webpage.