With telehealth growing as an option to connect doctors and patients when in-person consultations aren't feasible, Samsung Mobile will offer Honeywell HomeMed's new remote-care platform on its 7-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet.
Telehealth provider Honeywell HomeMed, a division of Honeywell International, has announced that by using its Genesis Touch software, patients and caregivers will be able to hold telehealth sessions using the touch-screen capabilities of the Android tablet.
Genesis Touch, announced on Feb. 22, allows the Galaxy tablet to connect to medical device peripherals that measure data such as blood glucose levels, clotting time, temperature, weight and blood oxygen levels. The application receives the data from the medical device peripherals without patients having to enter it. The application then sends the data to Honeywell's Web-based LifeStream Management Suite, where doctors can retrieve it and monitor a patient's condition.
By connecting with LifeStream, Genesis Touch allows patients to view a dashboard to their health information all in one location. Nurses can also use the application to triage patients.
In addition, the application incorporates Fuze Meeting, a cloud telepresence tool that enables doctors and patients to hold video conferences as well as share medical documents and X-rays during a live session.
Genesis Touch meets FDA guidelines on personal health devices and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements on securing patient data, according to Honeywell HomMed, which has incorporated an interface that guards against tampering.
Both the Galaxy Tab and Genesis Touch conform to FDA regulations because they provide the patient data directly to a doctor or caregiver, according to Samsung.
The Galaxy Tab operates on Verizon Wireless' 3G network. Prior to Genesis Touch, Honeywell HomMed's telehealth platforms lacked full support for mobile products and were hard-wired without graphics, said Samsung. Genesis Touch works only on the original Galaxy Tab.
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