Healthbeat: Watch-like device ‘SafeBeing’ introduced, aims to prevent hospitalizations

Healthbeat

CLARKS SUMMIT, LACKAWANNA COUNTY — We’ve seen how technology in the home has become increasingly critical to home health care. That technology can be “active or passive,” and now there’s a new example of how it can help improve patient care.

It’s a patented, wearable technology billed as a way of improving home health care. A health care system that’s the first to use it locally held a news conference today to demonstrate it.

“Right now, there’s only Mr. Suprick. You’re the first of hopefully many who will be on this platform,” Dr. Hunter said.

89-year-old U.S. Army veteran Michael Suprick is now the first Allied Services patient to use what’s called SafeBeing.

It’s patented, wearable remote patient monitoring thanks to a partnership between Allied and Somatix, a New York-based artificial intelligence software company.

“I’m a physician myself. There can’t be, for me, a more rewarding experience to bring technology to the population that can most benefit from it,” said Dr. Charles Herman, MD, CEO, Somatix.

The technology uses a SmartBand, a downloadable app, and a cloud-based dashboard. It can monitor everything from is the patient drinking enough water and taking medicine at the right time, to whether they’re running a risk of a urinary tract infection or bed sores.

SafeBeing even comes equipped with an emergency button.

“To have this technology where individuals and veterans can be monitored in the home, we’re honored to play a small role in that,” Allied Services CEO Bill Conaboy said.

Suprick is the first of what Allied Services plans to be a minimum of 100 Allied patients to use SafeBeing.

Suprick’s wife of 68 years believes the technology will be especially valuable to him since he is mainly non-verbal ever since suffering a stroke two decades ago.

“He doesn’t ever ask for a drink of water or he’s prone to falling if he’s by himself,” said Jane Suprick, Michael Suprick’s wife.

Now with an Allied Services health professional or family member able to monitor Suprick’s well-being through SafeBeing, he will be under careful watch in real time.

“I want to keep him healthy,” Jane Suprick said.

The safebeing smart band costs $65 and the monthly user fee runs between $30 and $40. However, the costs are covered by insurance including medicare.

Both Allied Services and Somatix say SafeBeing is cost-effective, claiming it will help cut down on emergency room visits and hospitalizations

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