Electronic Caregiver debuts animated RPM tech; XRHealth, HTC unveil VR telehealth

Electronic Caregiver, a digital health technology and services company, is debuting Addison the Virtual Caregiver at HIMSS22. The company labels Addison the next generation of remote patient monitoring technology that offers a solution to the caregiver shortage by providing healthcare management outside a doctor’s four walls.

Addison, to be released later this year, is a 3D-animated caregiver. The virtual caregiver is designed to engage with and help monitor the health of aging, chronically ill and child patients via touchscreen devices placed throughout a residence.

“Addison is a … new tool for use by providers to optimize patient care-monitoring, increasing treatment adherence and improving health outcomes,” said Electronic Caregiver CEO Anthony Dohrmann. “Whether a patient with one or more morbidities assistance at home to follow complex medication regimens, comply with physical therapy or monitor vitals, or requires increased support for managing behavioral health conditions, Addison has the capabilities to extend care from provider to home.”

Numerous telehealth functions

Powered by Amazon Web Services and Intel, Addison helps monitor patients’ health by providing voice-driven medication reminders, ensuring patients are following their doctors’ treatment plans, and offering 24/7 emergency response and telehealth services.

Addison also can lead patients through the steps of recording vitals, such as blood pressure, oxygen-saturation levels and temperature, with the ability to share that information with designated caregivers in real time.

Addison gives a face and personality to the RPM experience. The virtual caregiver also can be customized to fit users’ preferences. Patients can choose from eight avatars of different ethnicities and genders to interact with, and Addison’s environment can mirror client lighting and weather automatically.

Electronic Caregiver is presenting Addison the Virtual Caregiver in addition to its other RPM technology alongside care management company MD Revolution in HIMSS Booth 4109.

Virtual-reality telemedicine

Elsewhere at the HIMSS22 exhibition, XRHealth, which dubs itself “the gateway to the healthcare metaverse,” and HTC VIVE, a virtual-reality technology company, today have introduced “Focus 3 Health” and “Flow Health” powered by XRHealth.

The two separate products using HTC VIVE Focus 3 and HTC VIVE Flow are preloaded with the XRHealth virtual-reality treatment rooms and other VR health applications so hospitals, rehabilitation centers and individual patients at home can benefit from remote VR telehealth.

Individual patients can purchase “Flow Health” for $599. The bundle includes the VIVE Flow immersive glasses, preloaded with XRHealth FDA-registered medical applications, and includes a screening video call with an XRHealth clinician. Patients then can sign up for VR telehealth treatment with an XRHealth clinician, either covered by their health plan or paying out-of-pocket for $69-$119 per week, according to the tier they choose.

Hospitals and rehabilitation centers can purchase the “Focus 3 Health” system for a $1,300 one-time fee, which includes the VIVE Focus 3 headset and the preinstalled XRHealth medical platform. The XRHealth medical platform applications are a subscription service of $1,000 per month. The devices will be sold under the guidelines and regulations of durable medical equipment and will be FSA/HSA eligible.

XRHealth’s healthcare VR applications are FDA and CE registered and transport patients to a virtual clinic, where symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and physical and neurological injuries are treated. When the patient is in the treatment room, comprehensive data can be measured, providing the clinician with valuable insights on treatment progress and outcome.

Both products will be available in June. XRHealth is in HIMSS22 Booth 6848, and VIVE XRHealth is in Booth 8143.

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