Validic, a digital health platform that connects healthcare organisations to data generated by consumer and clinical health technologies, has unveiled new technology that enables users to easily record health data from their non-connected medical devices.

The technology was unveiled and demoed during CES 2016, an annual global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place in Las Vegas, US every January.

Validic’s new mHealth technology, called VitalSnap, uses optical character recognition (OCR) that enables patients to use their smartphone to quickly capture readings from non-connected digital health devices, such as thermometers and blood pressure cuffs, from the phone’s camera without taking a picture. The information can then be recorded within an application and transmitted to a providers’ electronic health record (EHR) or patient portal.

“We’re excited to announce this innovative technology that will provide a strong stepping stone for connected health strategies across healthcare,” said CEO and Co-founder of Validic, Ryan Beckland.

“Validic is working to connect to any health device on the market using a variety of technical solutions to ensure healthcare organisations, our clients, have access to the actionable data they need. We can’t improve care without critical patient data; this is the reality in healthcare right now. Access to real-time device readings allows caregivers to make quicker, better care decisions,” continued Beckland.

A majority of medical devices have limited or no digital connectivity, meaning information accumulates on the device and may never be sent to or viewed by a provider. This data inaccessibility makes it difficult for providers to make timely care decisions, which is especially concerning for patients suffering from chronic conditions who take consistent biometric readings and require regular clinical touch points.

According to Validic, VitalSnap, which is a part of Validic’s Mobile product suite, makes at-home care and on-the-go data sharing easier for patients. “With Validic’s technology, patients who properly utilise the solution no longer need to connect their device to a computer or keep a manual log of measurements. VitalSnap alleviates not only the burdensome and time-consuming process involved with manual input, but also reduces data inaccuracies stemming from manual recordings,” said Validic in a statement.

A recent iTriage study found that 76 percent of individuals are interested in sharing their tracked health data with their provider; and, in a recent Deloitte survey, 90 percent of physicians indicated interest in incorporating digital health technology believing that it has clinical value and impact. VitalSnap enables patients to keep an accurate record of readings while automatically updating physicians or care teams with that data as part of a care treatment plan.

“Without technology like VitalSnap, there is still a digital divide between patients trying to share the data and providers trying to access data,” said Senior Director and General Manager of Population Health at Cerner, Brian Carter.

“Considering patient outcomes are most affected by what he or she is doing on a day-to-day basis outside the physician’s office or hospital, we as an industry need to start better integrating data from these activities and biometrics in the treatment process,” continued Carter.

VitalSnap easily integrates into device applications on iOS and Android platforms to give healthcare organisations of all types the ability to gather insight from data-locked devices. VitalSnap will connect with 18 devices for its launch, expanding Validic’s network of integrations to 244.

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