Ginger.io Seeing Early Success At Forsyth Medical Center

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MIT’s Technology Review profiles mHealth startup Ginger.io and the work the company is doing with Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Ginger.io runs a data-collection app on patients smartphones and quietly monitors for changes in daily use patters of the patients smartphone. If the patient stops using social media apps, or starts making lengthy calls to his mother, this information will elevate the patients status on a population health patient tracker at Forsyth Medical Center.

For now, the technology is being used to tackle diabetic medication compliance. Research has substantiated a strong correlation between depression and medication compliance. To combat this, depression is being actively screened for in diabetic patients. Risk is being evaluated per-patient based on real-time behaviors, a practice known as “reality mining”.  As a patient’s risk increases, clinical staff will be alerted so that they can call the patient and evaluate the situation.

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Ginger.io does not aid in diagnosis, but helps health systems monitor for “noncompliance” by measuring subtle behavioral changes and communicating relevant information to the patients care team.

The app, available on Android and Apple devices, can monitor motion data to determine levels of activity, GPS information to see where they are going, can monitor timing, duration and recipient of phone calls, and can monitor text messaging patterns. The app can be installed by anyone but can only be activated by a Ginger.io hospital or health-care company.

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