Picture this: A patient with Crohn’s disease works closely with her doctor to better manage their condition. What are they tasked to do? Track medications, diet, lifestyle, good/bad days, and even mood. Despite their best intentions, the patient, like many others, finds it really tough to keep a handle on it all. That’s where Ginger.io comes in – making tracking their health easy.
Ginger.io has been collaborating with the C3N Project on an innovation called Passive PRO (PRO stands for Patient Reported Outcomes), where we are developing tools for patients with IBD to better monitor and manage their care. So what is Ginger.io? It’s a behavioral health data startup that developed a solution consisting of a smartphone application and a web portal. It gives patients an easy way to manage their symptoms, and then just as easily share that information directly with their doctors – enabling their doctors to have a better, continuous and seamless view of what’s been happening since last time they saw each other at clinic.
How? Ginger.io collects passive data off of the mobile sensors that is in everyone’s smartphones: calling information, texting information, location and even movement information. It also collects active symptom information through answering questions via survey sent to their smartphones. All of this information comes together in what is being called GBI: Ginger.io Behavior Index. The GBI tells us the patient’s health status. It is also important to note the patient privacy philosophy: patients opt in, patients control their own data, and ultimately patients get value from the data. In fact, Ginger.io sends the collected symptom data back directly to the patients via customized reports. Patients then have the ability to share those reports with their care providers and loved ones.
So what does this mean? For patients, a way to effortlessly track their health, provide seamless communication with their doctor – and also providing a meaningful contribution to research and helping other patients. For healthcare providers, new information and insights that can benefit their ability to provide more informed care and the ability to intervene early.