Kiran Kundagi worried about his mother, who was half a world away and sick with cancer. A former employee of Intel with a master’s in computer science, Kundagi thought it would be great to monitor her health and treatment every day online. He created Nclaves, a website that lets patients and their family members monitor their health online and share that information within small, controlled networks.
Personal details about illness are not typically something people want to post on Facebook. With Nclaves, users can set up a medical schedule for a loved one and share it with family members taking care of that person. Or, family members can see how a doctor appointment went via the website. With Nclaves, a group of users can better coordinate the care of a loved one — whether they want to monitor doctors’ appointments, medication schedules or simply see how the patient is doing.
Monitor personal health such as blood pressure using wireless personal health devices, track nutrition and watch medication compliance. Included also are tools to instantly connect, share and collaborate with family members to enhance emotional cheer and wellness.
Growing healthcare costs and the expanding senior population make a site like this — that bridges the communication gap between families, care providers and patients — a huge opportunity, he said. “A solution that leverages family relationships to enhance emotional wellness and allows family care-givers to assist their seniors remotely to monitor health, nutrition and medication compliance at home is a $2.5B opportunity in (the) U.S. alone,” he writes.
Kundagi pictures Nclaves being used primarily by two different groups: senior patients and their caregiver adult children. The site can be accessed by a subscription for $20 per month. With the subscription users gets an unlimited amount of storage for encrypted health data, plus no advertisements. The “sponsorship mode” does feature advertisements but it is free. It offers 90 days of encrypted health data storage and only a few of the “brain games” available to subscribing members.
Nclaves integrates with U.S. government nation-wide health data sets.
“For example, there is a database of all the drugs currently sold in the U.S., along with the way the drug is to be taken (eg, tablet, liquid) and so on. Our software takes that database as an input and allows the user to pick and choose specific ones from that list. This improves accuracy and also makes it easy for the user to enter medication names,” Kundagi tells Mashable.
Nclaves has more than 7,000 food items, too, so patients and their family members can also track calories, iron or other nutritional information through the site.
Kundagi presented Nclaves at the SVForum on June 5 at Microsoft in Mountain View, Calif. Also on the Nclaves team is Richard Shoenhair, VP of engineering and Richard Navarro, VP of customer relationships. Nclaves is based in Cupertino, Calif.