Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Healthy Habits: Connected Medical Technology

In a recent study, 58 percent of patients feel mobile technology improves patient experience. Slow Control, a company specializing in the research of technological and innovative solutions to common health issues, is working to improve patients by implementing connected technology.
New mobile technology makes the most of the limited time allotted each patient with their physicians; one in five patients are embracing technology outside of the doctor’s office, coming to appointments prepared with personal data from outside monitors. Connected technology plays a supporting role to help the physician and keep the patient satisfied.
By making healthcare easy to use and easy to access, Slow Control is seeking to change the way physician-patient relationships work. I had a chance to interview Jacques L├ępine, the CEO of Slow Control.
What is connective technology?
Connective technology refers to devices, like the Slow Control’s 10sFork or Baby Gigl or even a wearable wristband, that monitors a user’s actions, collect data and analyzes for patterns in behavior. In the case of Slow Control, this data is readily available through a  smartphone app.  

What are the benefits for patients?
Patients can arrive at their doctor appoints with concise data of their activity logs, food diaries, and sleep journals.

How does it help doctors?
Doctors can better diagnose and identify changes in their patients’  health. They can rely on concrete data and not the memory of sleep-deprived parents or forgetful patients.  

What specifically does SlowControl do?
Slow Control specializes in the research of technological and innovative solutions to common health issues. They have created a food-intake monitoring fork and a smart bottle to monitor infant feeding patterns.

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