The ability of doctors and nurses to monitor patients in their homes will be a key tool to make sure early warning signs don't become serious conditions.
Plano, Texas-based Vivify Health is one of the earliest and largest players in this space. Its digital health tools have been used for a number of conditions, from monitoring infants with congenital heart defects to managing older patients with diabetes.
The platform, Vivify Pathway, is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly even for people who aren't tech-savvy; the average age of its users is 76. Vivify offers the entire health kit on its own tablets, but has recently expanded to let patients “bring your own device,” a more cost-effective and convenient way for people to interact with its software.
“The most unique component is our ability to engage patients of any age or technical ability,” said Eric Rock, Vivify's founder and CEO. “We've refined the solution so it works even in rural areas where there's less connectivity.”
Vivify offers different tools depending on the patient's needs. For patients at the highest risk, Vivify provides a 4G tablet that can be connected to any number of wireless health devices, such as scales or blood pressure monitors. The software, which is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, allows clinicians to monitor patient data and triage people who need early intervention. Patients also can use their devices for videoconferences with their care teams.
The tablets can be customized with care-management plans as well as educational content. Family members also can track their loved one's health information. The company says its utilization rate is above 90%.
For patients who are not yet high-risk, but are what Vivify refers to as “rising risk,” the company offers Vivify Go, its mobile app that performs many of the same functions as the tablet but can be accessed from a patient's own smartphone or tablet.
That technology also will be central to Vivify's push into the employer market and for customers who want to use the tools for population health and wellness programs. “Now we can cover the entire population with a mix of those technologies,” Rock said.
Evolution Health, a mobile healthcare provider and Vivify investor, runs the “medical command center” that monitors patients using Vivify's platform.