As I was preparing for Sickadilly Chat #4, Let’s talk about Tech, Baby! I came across an interesting company. I reached out to them for a bit more information & then set up a call to discuss. It didn’t make it of course in time for the Blab but I still thought it was worthy of a post & share.
So many people have devices & may be on a limited income. They have a reliable blood glucose monitor or blood pressure machine they are hesitant to give up or switch out for a connected device. I get this. It’s an added expense & then also time to invest in learning a new device.
Even those of us with connected devices may not have an easy or secure way to share our information with our doctors if need be.
Enter Validic’s VitalSnap. The way VitalSnap works is a code that is inserted into some type of patient portal or electronic health record through a healthcare professional. Using a smartphone camera, I could take a picture of a reading through a non-connected device, say a blood pressure monitor, open the VitalSnap app (that my doctor directs me to download) & then upload that reading through the app.
I could through my understanding with speaking to the company also upload or export data from Apple HealthKit from my connected devices or even a Fitbit as well.
As a result, my doctors & I could have an easier & secure way to trade information from my phone (whether my devices are connected or not).
Validic has other products besides VitalSnap that endeavor to leverage all the health data our devices collect in order to find a reasonable & easy way to export that data & share it with our healthcare team through cloud-based technologies.
For the doctors & professionals I know who are interested in services like this I’ve posted a few white papers & items below that were sent to me from the company that I’ve been given permission to share.
In closing, I think this is definitely worth asking the doctor’s office about if they are willing to look into it. It’s basically a line of code added into an existing system then the app is developed around it.
More information for professionals:
(DISCLAIMER: I was not paid by this company. I found them on my own doing an internet search on digital health. I thought doing a profile of this company might be a useful way to share information with others to take back to their doctors to see if their non-connected devices data could somehow still be transmitted to their doctor in some way while also protecting their privacy. This analysis in no way constitutes medical advice or product endorsement. This company does not market directly to healthcare consumers, but works through doctors & professional offices but it might be a good way to start a conversation with one’s care team about getting data off the phone in an easy & secure way. )