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Suquino: A Holistic Approach to Long-Term Care
Ravi N. Amble, Founder, President & CEO, Suquino
Telehealthcare has been proven to be the key to monitor and treat patients with long-term conditions while strengthening the physician-patient relationship. However, the adoption of telehealthcare has been slow, amidst a fragmented healthcare ecosystem, beset with outdated legacy systems. When it comes to managing patients with chronic diseases, physicians are inundated with a wide variety of datasets from multiple devices and summarizing all these datasets would leave no time for patient care. The lack of a cohesive, affordable system that accounts for holistic needs: access to physicians and caretakers, ability for family and trusted caretakers to join in patient care, and connection between disparate systems to integrate the entire patient history and picture into one usable format, is the challenge.
Suquino’s vision and mission to provide the answer to these worldwide challenges is the missing link in the evolution of telehealthcare. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Suquino’, which means “free of suffering,” the company offers a revolutionary, personalized, and holistic AI-powered ubiquitous platform, Saffron, that integrates with multiple medical devices and connects the patients, physicians, and caregivers under a single umbrella establishing community-based long-term care. “With Saffron, the patient and the caregiver can connect anywhere, anytime and this provides for systematic proactive care and a huge psychological relief, and we are getting a lot of traction wherever we go,” extols Ravi Amble, president and CEO of Suquino.
Suquino, Microsoft, and Advantech have partnered to give Saffron the power of Azure and state-of-the-art embedded IoT equipment to transform healthcare. Suquino’s Saffron software integrated on Advantech’s POC-W243, a fanless medical-grade computer with Intel® Core™ i7 6th generation processor, mounted on Advantech’s AMiS-50 mobile medical cart, and connected to Microsoft’s Azure provides an end-to-end healthcare solution to revolutionize the medical IoT segment.
Suquino’s flagship product Saffron is a vendor-neutral, HIPAA compliant, intelligent and secure platform that provides a suite of 12 biometric measurements, especially the basic vitals, waveform, and imaging measurements, with live consultation at a diagnostic level on a real-time basis. For instance, when the patient is in a homecare Saffron session, the resident is connected with primary care physicians (PCP) who can observe all the vitals being generated at a diagnostic level from their tablet, laptop or desktop. In a specific scenario, while analyzing the ECG, if there is any abnormality detected the PCP can bring in a cardiologist by requesting through Saffron’s subscribed network. The cardiologist after accepting the request can collaborate with the PCP, patient, caregiver, study the vitals of the patient and determine the necessary treatment. “Saffron is highly flexible. If it is in the corner of a room it becomes a telehealthcare kiosk and if it is near the bedside, then it becomes a bedside-monitor,” says Amble.
With Ginger, we are building a decision support
system, not a decision-making system, that is
personalized and holistic, which is one of our key
The intelligence within Saffron is powered by its AI Engine— Ginger, which uses proprietary algorithms to process large datasets and generate predictive and clinical analytics of the patient. With these datasets, the physician can employ the right support to the right patient. “With Ginger, we are building a decision support system not a decision-making system and that is one of our key differentiating factors,” states Amble.
Saffron also has an inbuilt customized EMR—Saffron EMR— that collectively captures the multi-media patient data of every session and records it in a patient chart (EHR), which can be integrated with other leading EMR solutions. These datasets can come in handy for physicians when dealing with similar scenarios. For instance, one of Suquino’s employees diagnosed with breast cancer was unable to use her right hand properly after chemotherapy. She consulted multiple physicians and finally, a gastroenterologist ordered a gastrointestinal scan, where they found calcium deposits in the gallbladder due to chemotherapy. Ginger reads these anonymized patient case studies as a “medical encyclopedia” to aid doctors in synthesizing similar useful medical cases, patient information and outcomes into a seamless medical decision supporting system.
“Our ultimate aim with Saffron is to be a leader in the healthcare sector transforming telehealth as a lifestyle for long-term care,” concludes Amble.
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