December - 2012 issue > Company of the Month
Aventyn: Personifying the Idiom "Prevention Is Better Than Cure"
Vignesh Anantharaj
Friday, November 30, 2012
Jeff Martinez is your average American baby boomer going for his morning jog in Carlsbad. On his return, he logs into his Vitalbeat cloud enabled mobile device and enters his latest BP reading. His physician Dr. Connor calls up and tells him that he is impressed with his maintenance of BP level and diet plan over the last few months. Martinez was diagnosed with Stress Cardiomyopathy about six months back and has been recuperating steadily. “Thanks to my physicians and Vitalbeat, I have resumed a normal lifestyle now,” gleams Martinez.

Vitalbeat is a cloud service product offered by Aventyn which was founded by Navin Govind in 2004. The health technology company has been personifying the idiom “prevention is better than cure” by providing innovative, standards based secure core to cloud connected clinical information processing solutions and services for the better part of its nine years in existence. Nobody can put a price on a person’s life;however the company aims to eradicate the occurrence or re-occurrence of life threatening ailments by providing technology that emphasizes aggressively on prevention techniques for Patients suffering from chronic sickness.

As of 2012, there are 5.7 million heart failure patients in the U.S., 45 million in India and 5 million in Western Europe suffering from congestive heart failure respectively.Especially in America, when a patient experiences chest pain or any type of discomfort the individual ends up going to the emergency room. The cost factor associated with such visits is very high and also poses serious questions to the future prospects of the person’s life. The figure for the cost of re-hospitalization has roughly been placed at around $40 billion a year in the U.S. alone.

Under the skilled leadership of CEO Navin Govind,technology specialists from Aventyn, guided by his brother Dr. Satish Govind a cardiac specialist, amalgamated with a team of professionals in the field from Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Narayana Hrudayalaya in Bangalore and Karolinska Hospital in Sweden to devise a strategy to combat the alarming rates of global heart failure statistics and the enormous stress it placed on healthcare systems. The result was the birth of Vitalbeat, a remote patient monitoring and integrated chronic disease management product that can enable hospitals, university medical centers, hospices, long term care facilities and clinical researchers to monitor a patient’s vital signs, manage health records, track assets, capture charges and provide electronic prescription orders.

Aventyn’s initial offering is the connected clinical information processing platform with CLIP®Care, and Vitalbeat™ application suite. The platform claims to be securely configured for local IT deployment or as cloud based services. The company brought out the product keeping in mind that mobile devices were the smartest way to tackle individuals who were in need of goal oriented diet and medication adherences and compliances. Thus, by offering configurable alerts for patient and clinician consultation along with integrated telemedicine for monitoring patient’s vital readings and general well being, they seem to have found the way, or least the beginning of a new breed of healthcare technology focused on saving lives and elimination of re-occurrence of diseases across the world.

The Vitalbeat remote monitoring for heart failure was devised as a mobile monitoring tool for heart failure patients to remotely track vitals at their convenience of location. As it is a well known fact that some diseases are more prevalent in certain divisions of race and geographical locations, the team has gone a considerable mile to incorporate personalized patient solutions to each individual based on a set of diverse cultural, ethnic, gender factors and clinical conditions tailored to help maintain a healthy heart and reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations. In this regard, the cloud based solution was awarded the AT&T certification at mHealthSummit –Washington DC on November 09, 2010. Vitalbeat also was recently integrated into Intel’s AppUp Small Business Service to ramp up provisions by providing cloud computing with servers and data onsite.

From the product portfolio perspective, a lot of companies conduct basic monitoring and disease management requiring help from foreign EMRs’(Electronic Medical Records). Aventyn has managed to take a different route as they have their own EMR offering and clinical decision systems to better manage long term disease management programs.

“Over the last year there have been 1.5 million baby boomers who do not know of their chronic diseases. The next year there will be a jump to 3 million baby boomers who fail to recognize an ailment until major symptoms show up. This scenario is stressing out the entire healthcare system. So our solution can greatly help in keeping these individuals’ health within the confines of their own home and lifestyle that they want to independently push through and eventually get better,” says Navin, showing that he does his homework as precisely as a DNA helicase strand replicates. Navin is a man who has built a reputation for implementing game changing technological trends. In his initial days, he spent a decade at Intel Corporation contributing to the development of several billion dollar global strategies for the adoption of new technology, architecture and products.

The company’s products are currently being used in hospitals to monitor patients and in community colleges to teach and develop courses on wireless health. . In India, BMS Hospital Trust was the first clinical practice to commercially deploy Vitalbeat services for monitoring heart failure, diabetic and maternal hypertensive patients. The BMS group of institutions has already partnered with the firm and will offer the wireless health curriculum to the professionals,masters and graduate level students in 2013. India will greatly benefit from such affiliations as it is clearly poised to be the next big nation for rollout in such courses. In the US, the San Diego Miramar College in association with the San Diego Biotechnology Education Consortium is on track to offer wireless health courses using the Aventyn platform. The company has also announced the opening of its office at Karolinska Hospital in Sweden to further expand mobile monitoring solutions without borders. With Hospitals suffering from strict medical adherence rules such as ObamaCare, high readmission rates to the tune of 26 percent are stressing out big hospitals and institutions in the U.S. The CFOs’ and financial heads are constantly planning out strategies to combat the readmission sphere whose penalties are catapulting above the planned budgets of the organization, hence the need of the hour are companies like Aventyn and solutions like Vitalbeat to save precious lives and reduce the burden on the economic healthcare strata.
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