Digital Health for Improving Care in Disadvantaged Populations

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Peter Wood (Co-founder & COO) and Dr. Raj Padwal (Co-founder & CEO) from mmHg Inc joined me for an in-depth discussion on several topics related to digital health. Among other things, we explored the need for evidence-based solutions and cost-effective, patient-centered care, along with the role of digital health in improving care in low-middle income settings and in disadvantaged populations.

Here is a sneak peek of our conversation:

Q: What is your system doing and how are patients getting involved with the interface and the evaluations of this information? What does it collect and where does [the information] go?

Peter: I think that’s an important point. There are a lot of wearables and sensors being pushed through the market now. I think the important thing to start off with is that all the technologies that the mmHg platform pairs with are clinically validated. We only work with clinically validated, accurate devices and devices that physicians and guideline committees recommend that patients use. As Raj mentioned, we’re device-agnostic and, particularly in the US, there is a big impetus on using wirelessly transmitted information.

We have a patient-facing smartphone app that connects with 28 different blood pressure monitors at the moment, three different glucometers, etc. We let the patient choose the devices connected through the app. We actually protocolize the way, for example, the patients measure their blood pressure. The guidelines in Canada and the US and really across the world are very particular about how they believe patients should be measuring blood pressure and also in how clinicians should be using the information.

In our app, we have an infographic that teaches patients how to perform their blood pressure measurement accurately and we also encourage two readings to be performed at a time, separated by one minute, as per the guidelines. Then the patient should perform their measurements for a week and we actually have summarization tools that facilitate an efficient guideline concord and summarization of that data so that the clinicians can very quickly and effectively manage the patient. Guideline concord and infusion of protocols in applications are very important for the way that we want our platform to be used…

For more of our discussion, you can watch the whole Fireside Chat with Peter Wood & Dr. Raj Padwal, or listen to the podcast version, below.

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