West Health Blog: Bringing senior care home with Healthsense

Bringing senior care home with Healthsense

Minnesota-based Healthsense has received some high-profile attention recently, including raising an additional $7 million in a D round of funding that the West Health Investment Fund participated in to continue to develop next-generation remote monitoring solutions for the senior care market.

What makes Healthsense special to West Health?

Like Sotera Wireless, another West Health investee, Healthsense is helping to develop the technologies that will lower the cost of health care by extending the reach of providers, so patients can automatically be monitored at home, in a non-invasive fashion that helps advance a cost-effective and cost-saving model of care.

Here’s a recent profile of Healthsense in the Minneapolis StarTribune, which helps explain how Healthsense works:

The idea, said Healthsense president and CEO Brian Bischoff, is to allow seniors to live as independently as possible, while still providing peace of mind to families and caregivers."It's all about using that technology, using that information, for better care," he said.

Toilet sensors show how often a resident is going to the bathroom and lots of times indicates a possible urinary tract infection. Motion sensors can let staff know if a resident is wandering during the night. Bed pressure sensors showing restless nights can be a harbinger of more serious health problems. A contact sensor on a cabinet door could show how often medication is being taken.

You can also read about their financing here in iMedicalApps, which gives a closer look at their eNeighbor solutions and remote monitoring model, which uses a WiFi network. This recent round of investment was led by Merck Global Health and the Fallon Community Health Plan, with Ziegler, Radius Ventures and the West Health Investment Fund also participating.

For West Health, Healthsense represents an embodiment of a solution required to meet the need to keep aging seniors well and out of the hospital. Healthsense could allow care providers to unobtrusively assure that all is well, or similarly unobtrusively detect who needs more prompt attention through remote monitoring, which can also help promoting as much independence as possible, with the associated economic benefits of independent living.

We see that as a true win-win, and we think you’ll be hearing a lot more from them.

Nick Valeriani
Chief Executive
West Health