HealthSpot Forms New Partnerships, Unveils Telehealth Kiosk
New concept provides remote healthcare at select locationsJanuary 31, 2013 By Dealerscope Staff
HealthSpot, a developer of patient and provider-driven healthcare technology that set up its innovative kiosk in the main foyer of the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES, signed a partnership with Miami Children's Hospital on a proposed multi-phased project that is designed to reshape the pediatric patient and provider experience, involve new technology, and build long term for the improvement of the country's healthcare delivery system.
The company has also partnered with Teladoc, a telehealth provider, to offer onsite healthcare via the HealthSpot Station.
Improving access to health care services is the next frontier in healthcare, said HealthSpot founder and CEO Steve Cashman. Meeting the increased demand for access to health services without sacrificing quality, service and efficiency represents a significant challenge, which may be better met by collaboration among different organizations, he added.
Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) will integrate HealthSpot's healthcare delivery solutions into its eHealth Initiative, which supports the development of leading-edge mobile applications, a pediatric telehealth command center, and the deployment of interactive video devices.
HealthSpot Station is expected to work with MCH's Global Telehealth Command Center, which allows pediatric specialists to interact, counsel children and parents, write e-prescriptions for existing patients, and consult with emergency-rescue workers, such as paramedics. It would also expand MCH's medical surge capacity, helping to coordinate a rapid and effective response to a pandemic or natural disaster. The 10 HealthSpot Stations planned in Miami and the Caribbean will help MCH increase its delivery of services, the hospital said.
The Teladoc partnership is also designed to expand the company's telehealth solutions through the HealthSpot Stations. Patients can use the kiosks when they are unable to visit their doctor, such as after office hours, or need to receive treatment for non-emergency medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems and ear infection. Physicians can write short-term prescriptions for non-controlled substances.
The HealthSpot Station featured at CES is similar to the types of kiosks the company plans to locate at retail sites, such as grocery stores and pharmacies; hospital systems, such as urgent care facilities, emergency rooms, doctor's offices, specialist offices (dermatology, ENT); large businesses; rural areas; as well as military locations, college campuses, and nursing homes.
The 8-foot-by-5-foot kiosk includes a scale built into the floor that records weight. With the push of a button, the doctor can unlock small cabinets that hold digital medical devices that transmit information, audio/video and pictures through a secured connectivity FDA Medical Device Data System. A removable cuff captures blood pressure. An instant-read thermometer is behind one door. A dermascope provides a magnified view of rashes and skin conditions, as well as the back of the throat or eye. For earaches, the patient can slip an otoscope into the ear, allowing both doctor and patient to look at high-resolution images of the inside of the ear. The stethoscope transmits heart, lung and bowel sounds digitally. The pulse oximeter is used to take the patient's pulse and monitor oxygen saturation of the blood.
The doctor is able to review medical information with the patient, discuss symptoms, diagnose and treat, and recommend follow-up care as appropriate. The doctor can capture, save and annotate the images with notes and share with the patient's primary care physician, specialist, or for the patient's own records. The HealthSpot Station, which complies with the HIPAA privacy and security requirements, will automatically create a complete electronic medical record of each visit, supporting continuity of care and collaboration among the healthcare providers, according to the company. With pilots currently in place in Ohio, HealthSpot Stations will begin rolling out in select locations this quarter.