The iModem is designed to be as unobtrosive as possible. Power it up and
it will do the work in the background. With an off-white design with only a few
indicators in any situation the iModem does not draw unneeded attention.
However, if it needs attention, it has a beeper to alert a patient or
clinician to take a look.
Using the BluetoothTM inside, the iModem automatically collects
readings from the medical device. Also, on preset times and ways, the iModem
sends information through to the server and website. All without user intervention.
This means that the patient (or clinician) doesn't even have to care about
the iModem. Just take the measurement and automatically it ends up in the
clinical trial website (or another location, up to you) and your research database.
Well-designed user interface
To indicate the status, the iModem has four leds on the front. If all is well,
only the power led is green. During communication one or two other leds may light
up, but they're all green. Only when the iModem shows a red led indicator, it
needs some action from the patient. In urgent cases, the iModem may use the
beeper inside to draw attention to the status.
In typical home usage scenario's, a patient will rarely ever really handle the
iModem. Just for the purpose of pushing readings faster through than normal,
there is 1 button on the front of the iModem. Press it and it will connect to
The iModem has configurable alert thresholds for measurement values. If a reading
is received by the iModem that exceeds these thresholds, the iModem contacts the
platform and sends the measurement through immediately.
This enables quick turnaround times in case of urgent measurements, whilst maintaining
low costs when no alarming readings are received. A case of welcome cost optimisation.
Realtime monitoring may be more than you need. Needless to say that sending
each individual measurement may be too expensive, especially in multi country
studies. Therefore the iModem contacts the server only when so instructed.
This is configurable, even during the study.
In some situations, collected measurements need to be sent
only every week. In other cases every readings is needed directly. Both
are supported and based on your study design and budget, NetMedical
will help you decide on the best settings.
The beeper inside is configurable to your needs. In the newest version, it is
also possible to have the beeper used to indicate to subjects that they take
readings, or to remind that there should have been readings sent. This all
to increase compliance to the study protocol without expensive patient management.
Dog's that don't bark
In 'Hound of the Baskerville' it is the lack of barking of the dog
that lets Sherlock Holmes know who did it. Analoguely, the importance of reporting
that no readings were taken is important. Therefore, even when no readings are
received by the iModem, it may contact the server anyway to report that the
iModem is alive and well, but no readings are received. This helps in
keeping researches alert on the compliance of participants.
When receiving an SMS (any SMS), the iModem responds by storing the SMS and
contacting the platform and website, sending the received SMS message back. This
enables your support team to pull measurement from iModem with nothing more
than their own cell phones. No intervention by the subjects is needed for that;
the subject need not even be home.