Israel Leading Force in Digital Health Apps
The Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions (ICI) conference held annually in Tel Aviv since 1995, brought together leading international cardiologists, innovators, biomedical engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs and a number of Israeli start-ups to discuss and present digital innovations in heart health.
Among the Israeli start-ups were Healarium, Aerotel, and Dario, all of which are apps that use smartphones as platforms to monitor health conditions. Healarium provides a platform for self-monitoring, which assists people in a number of ways. Throughout the day, people can access their health information, view their health status, and follow their health plans wherever and whenever they may need it, right on their iPhone or Android.
According to cardiologist Dr. Amir Lehrman, who helped design Healarium, the health information is completely secure and is designed so that patients can see if they are meeting benchmarks set by their doctors or other health-care practitioners. The Times of Israel reports that, “a user can choose to upload the information to their account on the web, or leave it on their phone for manual downloading to a server at their HMO or doctor’s office.”
One of the more unique features of Healarium is that it connects the user to an online community also known as a Social Reinforcement Network (SRN). This provides a way for people facing similar health issues to connect and support each other. For example, if someone is looking for ways to stop smoking, he or she can look for others going through the same challenge on Healarium’s social network.
Similarly, the Israeli company Aerotel, which is a leading global supplier of advanced remote monitoring solutions for telehealth and telecare, offers innovative solutions that transmit health and lifestyle related data via various forms of media. Its MobileCliniQ Application for Android-based smartphones, PCs, or tablets, transforms each device into a personal telehealth hub.
Aerotel, which has a client base of more than 50 countries around the globe, developed the MobileCliniQ Android app as a means to hook up with other medical equipment or sensors which transmits information on a patient’s health parameters such as blood pressure, blood glucose level and weight to doctors and hospitals. If for example, a patient’s blood pressure is too high, an alarm is triggered which alerts the patient and doctors to follow the necessary procedures.
Finally, the Israeli Labstyle Innovation’s Dario enables diabetics to measure their glucose levels using their smartphones by connecting a glucose test strip to a smartphone with a lancing device. The app reads and records the information from the strip, and alerts the user if he or she needs an insulin injection, as well as providing blood sugar pattern information to the patient’s doctors.