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Improving Care for Patients with Diabetes

A new system designed to help physicians remotely monitor and adjust the treatment of their diabetes patients was launched at the Continua Health Alliance Fall Summit & Plugfest. The summit was held October 5-9 in Boston.

Eurotech Group, a supplier of embedded technologies, products, and systems, unveiled the Everyware Medical Gateway in conjunction with partners IBM, Roche, A&D Medical, and MDclick. Based on the open standards promoted by the Continua Health Alliance, the Everyware Medical Gateway requires little patient involvement and helps eliminates many of the impediments typically associated with chronic care home monitoring. According to Eurotech, the system is designed to provide robust and reliable data transmission across cellular connectivity from a patient's home to their physician. By receiving electronic readings electronically from patients, the physician has the ability to prescribe modifications in near real-time. According to the company, this is a key factor because studies by Continua have shown a 19% reduction in hospital admissions through home care programs. "With industry-leading companies working together on the open standards for telemedicine, an ecosystem can emerge to further growth for patient monitoring applications," says Arlen Nipper, Eurotech's president and CTO. "We will continue to advance the capabilities by working with the Continua Health Alliance and visionary companies like IBM, and we look forward to wide-scale deployment of this solution." The interactive demonstration showcased an end-to-end solution using Eurotech's Everyware Medical Gateway as the device manager collecting data from in-home devices such as Roche's glucose meter and A&D Medical's weight scale machine and blood pressure cuff. These data are then transmitted to the MDclick health record application via the IBM WebSphere Sensor Events Server. More information about the medical gateway capabilities are available from the company's Web site. The Continua Health Alliance is a non-profit, open industry coalition of the finest healthcare and technology companies joining together in collaboration to improve the quality of personal healthcare.

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