Our Technology and Chronic Illnesses

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  • by: Mckenna Frey

Chronic diseases are some of the most common illnesses in the world. Unfortunately, they account for about 70% of deaths in the United States. Chronic illnesses are a major cause of disability and can significantly lower the quality of life for individuals who are affected. Some common chronic illnesses include diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The introduction of healthcare technology has brought awareness to these chronic diseases. Many of these technological advances can also significantly benefit those with a chronic disease. Our healthcare technology, Dwell™ – location tracking, Micro- fencing™- location based messaging, and Present™ – dashboard analytics can help patients with chronic illnesses.

Our technology, Dwell™, is particularly useful for tracking and monitoring patients' daily activities. This is useful for patients to monitor their own health and lifestyle habits and for doctors to see the health choices patients are making. The data collected from tracking can help prevent the development of a chronic illness by encouraging healthy behavior. For those patients who suffer from a chronic illness, Dwell™ has the potential to help them keep track of how they are handling and dealing with their illness. For example, for patients who suffer from heart disease or lung disease, Dwell™ can help them keep track of information about the environment around them to reduce the risk of being exposed to unhealthy areas. This makes it easy to avoid places that have dust, pollen, and low air quality based on the geographic information collected. Our tracking technology Dwell™ can help patients manage their chronic illness and can even help prevent chronic illness in individuals who are at high risk.

Additionally, our Micro-fencing™ technology uses location-based messaging to help patients better organize their daily behaviors. Micro-fencing™ can efficiently identify where to get sugar nearby if a patient has diabetes and needs to control their blood sugar levels. Also, some chronic patients may have a strict diet or eating pattern and schedule they need to adhere to. Micro-fencing™ can suggest healthy eating choices to help patients learn about the food options that are close by.

When symptoms appear to be associated with certain locations or behaviors identifying this information is important. This can help doctors to diagnose chronic issues and help patients to avoid specific locations or behaviors which may trigger their symptoms. For example, some specific activities may increase a patient's blood pressure. If the patient and doctor both know that this specific activity triggers high-blood pressure, they can easily avoid it. It is clear that our technologies can help relieve some of the stress associated with chronic illnesses as well as prevent the development of such diseases.

 

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