|The CarePredict Tempo sensor features interchangeable wristbands. (Courtesy CarePredict Inc.)|
Startup CarePredict Inc.(Davie, FL) has announced that it is accepting preorders for an expected Fall delivery of its first product, the CarePredict Tempo.
Tempo is a next-generation tracking system designed to help the children and caregivers of aging-in-place seniors to keep tabs on their loved ones' health 24/7 without having to actually be present all the time.
The Tempo system, which incorporates patent-pending technology, consists of a wearable sensor which tracks activity – walking, running, sitting, standing, or lying down – and location within the home. The wrist-worn sensor, which features interchangeable bands for different looks, can detect arm movements, body posture, and walking speed. It transmits data and charges wirelessly, so there are no cords or plugs.
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In a story for MIT Technology Review, Susan Young spoke with Satish Movva, the company’s CEO and founder. “This isn’t a FitBit for granny,” said Movva. It is designed to track activities and alert someone of any unusual changes. “If someone is lying down in the bedroom, then they are probably sleeping. But if someone is lying down in the bathroom, then there is potentially an issue,” Movva explained to Young.
The sensor makes use of a small, battery-operated beacon in each room to send location and activity data to one wall-plugged hub. The hub uses an existing Internet connection or its own connection to send data to CarePredict's servers.
The CarePredict servers analyze the data and store it, looking for changes over time and trends in the patterns of daily life which may indicate an incipient health issue. If the system detects changes in the wearer's daily patterns, it sends an alert to the designated person by text message, e-mail, or push notification. An example, the company says, is if someone is taking longer and longer to climb a flight of stairs.
Users can log into their loved one’s private account from any computer to track data, see alerts, and manage who’s in their care network. There is also a mobile app.
The CarePredict device and company were conceived by Movva, who describes himself as a “Visionary Tech Leader Disrupting Healthcare” on his LinkedIn page. Movva had created a homecare and hospice SaaS platform while at Interim Healthcare, which was spun off and commercialized with Movva at the helm. This company, which Movva says processed $550 million in customer transactions in 2012, was sold to “a legacy software vendor.”
The startup's other employee is Krishna Vedala, PhD, chief science officer, who led the construction of the sophisticated Tempo system. Vedala's online bio says he specializes in how to get the most meaning from data. Vedala has developed and published algorithms for land-mine detection and the intra-operative monitoring of patients during spinal surgeries.
CarePredict also has a board of advisors that the company says includes doctors, specialists, and healthcare entrepreneurs.
Stephen Levy is a contributor to Qmed and MPMN.
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