Apple’s ‘digital hub’ concept extended to home health care
By Dennis Sellers
— a company that makes applications to manage, gather, store, track, and chart health data — has released a Mac OS X version of its HealthEngage Software.
The software lets asthma sufferers collect, store and chart health information. It can be used on computers, handheld devices and Web-enabled cellular phones. FireLogic has ensured that Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ concept of the “digital hub” will expand beyond entertainment, according to President Michael Slage.
“There are over 100 million Americans who suffer from chronic diseases, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, etc. who must regularly use medical devices in their homes,” he said. “They would greatly benefit by having a ‘digital health hub’ in their living rooms. Apple now has the ability to make people well.”
HealthEngage Asthma is fully networked with an ability to save data locally or remotely so you can access your data away from home, or your health care provider can have easy and immediate access to your data and notes, Slage said. HealthEngage Asthma is the only software application currently marketed that lets you collect, manage, and see your peak flow measurements, medication requirements, and personal observations or notes, he added.
You can record your symptoms or chart your peak flow measurements using HealthEngage’s interface. The application has been developed in coordination with leading asthma physicians and medical professionals, Slage said.
CEO Irena Slage said that by using the HealthEngage Asthma Software, sufferers would be better able to manage their healthcare and activities by having the ability to enter health information at any time from any place. In particular, the 4.8 million children with asthma can feel more in control of their health management through the use of computers, something that kids of today feel extremely comfortable, she added.
“In addition, medical doctors will be able to review patient information in a more useful manner through printable charts and a secure Web connection running on a Mac OSX server,” Slage said. “A recent study showed that, with a proper management tool, the number of asthma-related deaths could fall to almost zero. We believe we have found that management tool.”
FireLogic began in 1998 when Slage was working at NASA on the Telemedicine Program that monitors astronaut health while in space. NASA’s concept was too expensive and bulky for practical use but by using new telecommunication and handheld technology, FireLogic has allowed patients on Earth to be helped, Slage said. The company has plans to release software for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Diabetes, and hypertension in the near future. Other product introductions will include software designed for expectant/new mothers as well as for people with weight management and fitness interests.