By Stephanie Baum from MedCity News
What started as a Johns Hopkins Hospital program to train healthcare workers to treat HIV in Uganda has evolved into a multimedia platform for adherence, clinical trials and chronic diseases rolled into a healthcare startup, Emocha. In a presentation at DreamIt Health Baltimore’s demo day, CEO Sebastian Seiguer talked about the company’s origins at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and its relevance for both developing and industrialized countries.
Tuberculosis is one area where the connected care platform has an interesting application. In 1995, the World Health Organization required that TB patients be observed taking their medication by a medical professional — referred to as directly observed therapy. About 10,000 people were diagnosed with TB in the U.S. in 2012. To save the time of people visiting a healthcare facility every day, it developed a telemedicine component for the app. It gives a countdown so users know when to take their medication and films that action. Then they can transmit it to their physicians.