DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Validic, the world's leading digital health platform connecting healthcare organizations to data generated by consumer and clinical health technologies, today introduced VitalSnap™, a new mobile technology that enables users to easily record health data from their in-home device via their smartphone's camera using patent-pending technology. Validic can then deliver this data seamlessly to healthcare organizations, helping overcome connectivity barriers that limit the overall care experience.
A majority of medical devices have limited or no digital connectivity, meaning information accumulates on the device and may never be sent to or viewed by a provider. This data inaccessibility makes it difficult for providers to make timely care decisions, which is especially concerning for patients suffering from chronic conditions who take consistent biometric readings and require regular clinical touch points.
VitalSnap, a part of Validic's Mobile product suite, makes at-home care and on-the-go data sharing easier for patients. With Validic's technology, patients who properly utilize the solution no longer need to connect their device to a computer or keep a manual log of measurements. VitalSnap alleviates not only the burdensome and time-consuming process involved with manual input, but also reduces data inaccuracies stemming from manual recordings.
A recent iTriage study found that 76 percent of individuals are interested in sharing their tracked health data with their provider; and, in a recent Deloitte survey, 90 percent of physicians indicated interest in incorporating digital health technology believing that it has clinical value and impact. VitalSnap powers easy data accessibility by enabling patients to keep an accurate record of readings while automatically updating physicians or care teams with that data as part of a care treatment plan.
"We're excited to announce this innovative technology that will provide a strong stepping stone for connected health strategies across healthcare," said Ryan Beckland, CEO and co-founder of Validic. "Validic is working to connect to any health device on the market using a variety of technical solutions to ensure healthcare organizations, our clients, have access to the actionable data they need. We can't improve care without critical patient data; this is the reality in healthcare right now. Access to real-time device readings allows caregivers to make quicker, better care decisions."
Leveraging optical character recognition (OCR), VitalSnap enables patients to use their smartphone to quickly capture readings from non-connected digital health devices, such as thermometers and blood pressure cuffs, from the phone's camera without taking a picture. The information can then recorded within an application and transmitted to a providers' electronic health record (EHR) or patient portal.
"Without technology like VitalSnap, there is still a digital divide between patients trying to share the data and providers trying to access data," said Brian Carter, senior director and general manager of population health at Cerner. "Considering patient outcomes are most affected by what he or she is doing on a day-to-day basis outside the physician's office or hospital, we as an industry need to start better integrating data from these activities and biometrics in the treatment process."
VitalSnap effectively removes connectivity barriers. It makes remote monitoring initiatives easier and less time-consuming for patients, caregivers and researchers. This technology enables hospitals, health systems, CROs, pharmaceutical companies, and payers to support connections to a large number and wide breadth of device types while allowing patients to continue using familiar devices, resulting in increased engagement.
"As a manufacturer of devices that produce both connected and non-connected experiences, we are thrilled about the impact VitalSnap will have on the market. This truly unique and revolutionary technology allows our non-connected devices to be easily and quickly integrated to and accessible by providers. We're excited to be a part of the launch and to continue to grow our alignment with Validic." - Ranndy Kellogg, Chief Operating Officer, Omron Healthcare, Inc.
VitalSnap easily integrates into device applications on iOS and Android platforms to give healthcare organizations of all types the ability to gather insight from data-locked devices. VitalSnap will connect with 18 devices for its launch, expanding Validic's network of integrations to 244.
Validic will demo VitalSnap at the Digital Health Summit during CES 2016 in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, during their session, Data in Action: Digital Health's Secret Weapon. To learn more about VitalSnap or how to access this technology, visit validic.com/vitalsnap.
Validic provides the industry's leading digital health platform connecting providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and healthcare IT vendors to health data gathered from hundreds of in-home clinical devices, wearables and consumer healthcare applications. Reaching more than 223 million lives in 47 countries, its scalable, cloud-based solution offers one connection to a continuously-expanding ecosystem of consumer and clinical health data, delivering the standardized and actionable insight needed to drive better health outcomes and power improved population health, care coordination and patient engagement initiatives. Validic was named to Gartner's "Cool Vendors" list and received Frost & Sullivan's "Best Practices and Best Value in Healthcare Information Interoperability" and "Top 10 Healthcare Disruptor" awards. To learn more about Validic, follow Validic on Twitter or visit www.validic.com.