The INTEGRA Diabetes solution focuses on developing useful and realistic telehealth services for diabetes that reduce the need for deterioration.
Benefits to Diabetes Patients:
Diabetes requires consistent monitoring. INTEGRA can enable round-the-clock digital monitoring, giving providers a 24-hour profile and a better understanding of the patient’s condition
Support for lifestyle modifications:
Studies have found that patients can be enabled to lose weight, lower blood pressure, and engage in healthy behavior to curb diabetes with the aid of digital health tools
Engagement in treatment can be especially burdensome for rural patients. Providing a telemedical like INTEGRA experience can provide rural patients with digital access to medical support from their own homes—thus aiding in the removal of location barriers in treatment
In rural areas attending in-person, preventative programs can be difficult, but INTEGRA is aiming to prevent at-risk people from developing type 2 diabetes through our clients' plans presented online. Through this digital access, rural patients can be provided with online educational materials to assist in preventative measures.
Provide patients with the opportunity to be more active participants in their own care plans. Many diabetic patients already inject themselves with insulin or monitor their blood sugar levels at home and remotely share the results. Progressing to virtual care and monitoring feels like a natural next step for patients who are often self-reliant, making them ideal candidates to become some of the first-generation telemedicine adopters
Provide easy-to-use instruction and feedback on care processes and to respond to potential emergency situations
Provide intelligent analysis and reasoning to remove some of the burden of information interpretation and analysis by health professionals
Include consultative support for the care organization and other organizations involved in implementing the solution
Provide easy and personalized health professional access to information
The solution is composed from INTEGRA main components:
Connectivity to Glucometer and other Wearables and Sensors:
Glucometers, pumps, and other sensors enabling for frequent and autonomous measuring. It uses sensing devices and communication technologies to measure several clinical variables of Diabetes patients considered essential by expert endocrinologists, such as physical activity levels, weight, blood pressure, heart rate and rhythm, and therapeutic compliance.
Patient App and Connectivity:
Data analysing and coaching app for smartphones, linked to the Wearables/Sensors. It is a user-friendly, integrated mobile solution to leverage patient self-care, and monitored care. Since many patients do not recognize the value of self-care and daily health monitoring, INTEGRA Cardiology will also motivate the user through integrated condition validation, tailored interfaces and health status questionnaires (PRO - Patient Reported Outcome).
A system intelligence component to support the automatic analysis of the data aggregated from the glucometer and/or pump, and communication between patients, health professionals and caregivers. It enables patients and their health professionals to define their interests and receive valuable information from different sources.
Mobile and Web Portals:
A mobile and web application serving as the front-end for heart professionals and caregivers, each with different access permissions. It is tightly integrated with the intelligence tools and will enable the health professionals to access the patient's medical data, and a dashboard of alerts. The portal will also provide a personalized news feed to the caregivers, which will highlight important events, such as the changes in the patients’ vital signs and alerts raised due to classifications
All components are integrated into one system – delivering a full solution for remote-monitoring of diabetes patients.
These are the steps of use of the system:
Patient daily takes measurements, and engages daily with the APP - more stable patients can do it once a week
Using Bluetooth, data is automatically transferred to the central data base
Database triggers the intelligence tools who then read data, and analyze the data according the diabetes Medical Rules (INTEGRA “Rule Engine”) that have been inserted to the system by the medical team (differs by client)
The intelligence tools take “action” (INTEGRA “Action Engine”) – per the actions that have been associated to each condition that has been analyzed by the Intelligence tools.