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Connect with Patients Across the Globe

A mobile platform invented at Johns Hopkins collects data and manages patient populations across thousands of miles.

Date: 09/01/2014

Connect with Patients Across the Globe

Emocha is used in 12 countries to solve the problems of medication adherence, linkages to care and patient data management. Illustration by Jan Kallwej

Called emocha, the platform uses a camera, a dynamic SMS texting system, a bar code scanner and a variety of other features to capture data typically lost in the shuffle of records. The tool can also provide clinical decision support at the point of care and track patients and specimens. Special applications allow patients to monitor their health and correspond with their care providers.

Physicians and faculty across Johns Hopkins use emocha to help patients manage tuberculosis, diabetes and HIV, and to drive interventions in prenatal care, injection drug use, weight management and smoking cessation. Some of those uses include:

Tuberculosis

Researchers use emocha to register patients and their household members to better understand treatment outcomes and the risk of developing tuberculosis in India. The platform is used to collect field data and to scan samples.

Amita Gupta, Deputy Director of Johns Hopkins’ Center for Clinical Global Health Education

The platform will be used to simultaneously alert patients and their care staff at critical points of care, and to train roughly 10,000 health workers in South Africa on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

Jason Farley, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of Clinical Core at the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research

Weight management

Using a dynamic SMS system, emocha sends motivational texts and weight loss tips to patients.

Lawrence Cheskin, Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center

Medication adherence

Using the patient’s smartphone, emocha records the patient taking medication, captures daily symptoms and securely submits the data to a clinician for review on emocha’s Web interface.

Maunank Shah, Assistant Professor of Medicine

 

miDOT is a medication adherence application that serves as a proxy for Directly Observed Therapy (DOT). miDOT allows patients to use their smartphones to securely record themselves taking medication. Clinicians can view the video and manage patient data on a web interface.


www.emocha.com

Creative Director / Sharon Kong
Designer & Animator / Anne Marie Jasinowski, Sharon Kong

Music / 'Visibility' by ummbrella
Voice / Redd Horrocks

miDOT

miDOT is a medication adherence application that serves as a proxy for Directly Observed Therapy (DOT). miDOT allows patients to use their smartphones to securely record themselves taking medication. Clinicians can view the video and manage patient data on a web interface.

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The platform uses a camera, a dynamic SMS texting system, a bar code scanner and a variety of other features to capture data typically lost in the shuffle of records.