NEW YORK, March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Healtheo360®, a social media platform for people with chronic health and rare health conditions, and Visus Technology, Inc., which created a hands-free mobile health platform to enhance the quality of life of people with chronic illnesses, today announced the launch of a mobile social media platform to connect patients and caregivers dealing with chronic illness to critical health information, including details on novel medical research and clinical trial participation.
The new platform incorporates Healtheo360's video-sharing online community, which is like a members-only "YouTube for Health" with many extra features. The videos enable users to share their stories face-to-face.
The goal of the partnership with Healtheo360 is to combine applications within the VelaSense® platform to benefit those suffering from chronic diseases. The VelaSense® platform connects wearables such as smart glasses, watches and rings under one interoperability user interface. For example, VelaSense within smart glasses can help Alzheimer's sufferers identify family and friends through facial recognition technology. Healtheo360's social media tools will also be integrated into the VelaSense mobile interface to provide immediate, hands-free access to clinical trial listings and other health information and support resources.
Healtheo360 and Visus will market the new platform to patients and caregivers affected by chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease – a condition that has recently been the focus of Healtheo360's high-growth subscriber strategy. A newly-launched partnership between Healtheo360 and CaringKind, New York City's leading expert on Alzheimer's and dementia caregiving, provides Healtheo360 with high visibility among the 250,000 New York City residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and their caregivers.
The Visus deal leverages mobile technology to increase Healtheo360's access to the Alzheimer's community, which is traditionally difficult to recruit for clinical trials.
"Healtheo360's platform offers our constituents immediate access to information, support and clinical research opportunities," said Lou Ellen Barkan, CaringKind's President and CEO.
"Our partnership with Visus gives patient advocacy groups with large memberships the ability to plug directly into Healtheo360's platform from wearable and hand-held devices," said Dave Duplay, Healtheo360's Chief Executive Officer.
Visus Chairman and CEO Dr. Stephen J. McCormack added, "This partnership leverages our core technology and is just one of many chronic disease management applications we plan to add."
The Visus partnership also gives Healtheo360 expanded mobile access to cancer patients, a group that Healtheo360 has targeted through a recently-launched collaboration with the advocacy organization Vital Options International. The Vital Options alliance has already given Healtheo360 greater visibility among tens of thousands of cancer patients and caregivers worldwide.
Studies have shown that participation in on-demand social media communities such as Healtheo360 can result in greater awareness and management of treatment regimens, resulting in long-term cost savings and an improved patient experience, particularly for chronic disease patients.
Healtheo360 is positioned at the intersection of precision medicine and social media, where patient and caregiver needs for timely, accurate information and support services are a major unmet medical need. Healtheo360 applications are custom-designed for quick and easy access to actionable information and community connectivity.
Visus provides life changing solutions that allow users to live more accessible, independent and active lives through connection with other users, caregivers and healthcare providers. The VelaSense® mobile health platform of Visus incorporates applications that empower these individuals. VelaSense® provides improved ease-of-use, better efficiency and increased task execution speed while performing common smartphone functions. With VelaSense®, an Alzheimer's patient will be able to connect to their social networks, identify objects and can be assisted by their loved ones through camera and web-portal access.
VelaSense® is available only to Verizon Wireless customers and can be found in the Google Play Store under VelaSense. VelaSense® is supported by Verizon's 4G LTE network, functions on select Android smartphones operating on version 4.3 or higher and can be found in the Google Play Store under VelaSense. #velasense #visustech @velasense @visustech @drsjmccormack and www.velasense.com
Amiad Finkelthal – Russo Partners
Dr. Stephen J. McCormack
Visus Technology, Inc.
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