Verizon gets FDA clearance to expand remote monitoring platform to iOS users

Verizon has received FDA clearance that will expand a physician-facing patient engagement tool to capture patient data between office visits to the iOS network, according to a company statement. The majority of physicians using mobile devices tend to be iPhone and iPad users.
The Converged Health Management platform is a cloud-based tool that transmits patient data to physicians’ mobile devices. Algorithms make it easier for physicians to spot declines in their patients’ condition so they can intervene before they need to be hospitalized.
For instance, doctors can use the platform to communicate with the patient by sending alerts based on real-time data such as “Your weight is up a little, are you taking your water pill?” or “Your blood sugar has been high all week, do you have time for a quick call with the nurse today?”
Although clinicians can access the data for analysis and intervention, patients can view the data too.
It also added Telcare and Genesis blood glucose monitors to biometric devices on its platform, which began with Ideal Life’s blood pressure cuff, glucose monitor model, pulse oximeter and weight scale.The platform is designed to handle data from 80 devices, and the company is working to get more devices added to the system.
Verizon initially got FDA device approval for Converged in August last year.
A survey from researcher Black Book found 68 percent of  physicians said they used iPhones. The Converged Health Management software application collects and stores biometric data from physiological measurement devices, according to a company statement.