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  • Arkathon Hacking Health Valais starting today at 17:00 in Sierre

    By on June 5, 2015

    The first hacking health hackathon in Switzerland – the Arkathon in Valais – is about to start at 05:00PM today in Sierre.

    15 innovative healthcare projects  will be developed in the next 48 hours.

    13 mentors will support all the teams during the event.

    On the 7th of June at 11:00AM each team will present its project in front of a jury.

    The winning project will win the main prize (value of CHF 25‘000). Winners will be presented to the public  Thursday, 11 June 2015, during the e-Health day, organized at the TechnoArk Sierre.

    Check out the full program here.

    Pryv is supporting the event by providing:

    • access to software platform and tools for data collection, management and storage
    • technical support to use the platform and the tools
    • mentoring

    Arkathon Hacking Health Valais wishes to create an environment conducive to the emergence of digital health projects by inviting health professionals and new technologies experts to work together.

    Held for the first time in Sierre from 5 to 7 June 2015, this event is meant for healthcare professionals which have challenges needed to be solved by computer technology, as well as software developers willing to make their skills available to practical health projects.

    Join us!

     

  • Pryv presents at Medtech Village Geneva on June, 3rd 16:30 during the conference “Innovation and Process Optimization”

    By on June 3, 2015

    Join us at the Medtech Village Geneva today at 16:30 during the conference “Innovation and Process Optimization” where we will present Pryv software tools for health and medical data management.

    Our software tools empowers Medtech and Connected-Health companies to go to market with reduced time and IT resources!

    Medtech Village conference

  • La Journée de l’Innovation et des PME, le 12 mai au SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL

    By on May 11, 2015

    We are glad, our CEO Pierre-Mikael Legris will take part in the panel discussion “Encourager les opportunités du eHealth tout en maîtrisant les risques” tomorrow at La Journée de l’Innovation organised by @LeReseau

    Find out more about the participants and exhibiting companies here

  • We are proud Pryv is one of the 8 selected ICT start-ups for the SICTIC day, Lausanne, May 11th

    By on May 11, 2015

    Le SICTIC Investor day 2015 aura lieu le 11 mai. Sélectionnées par 4 spécialistes reconnus de la scène entrepreneuriale romande (Pierre Bordry, Capital ProximitéAlexandre Peyraud, entrepreneur – Pierre-Jean Wipff, InnovaudSal Matteis, entrepreneur et investisseur)  8 startups vont pitcher pour cet événement qui aura lieu au siège de Debiopharm SA à Lausanne.

     

    Find out more here

  • NueMD Infographic: HIPAA, We Have A Problem

    By on April 16, 2015
    Infographic: HIPAA, We Have a Problem

    “Medical practitioners and their billing partners are struggling to maintain compliance standards with guidelines established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to a survey by NueMD and the Daniel Brown Law Group. The Final Omnibus Ruling from HIPAA was issued in 2013, but some healthcare providers remain unaware of the policy updates this legislation brings. Currently, 36 percent of medical office professionals lack vital understanding of HIPAA’s regulations, with an additional 33 percent failing to comprehend the audit strategies that are being implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. Audits are still rolling out, and organizations that legally must remain HIPAA compliant are opening themselves up to massive fines. The maximum HIPAA fines have increased to $50,000 per violation, capping at $1.5 million. To protect patient information and avoid financial fines, medical practices need to ensure their security measures and employees are up-to-date on HIPAA’s changes.”

    Source: NueMD

    Pryv is HIPAA privacy & security compliant and under certification with ISO 27001. The platform’s unique decentralized design makes it easy to comply with multiple healthcare legislations and policies.

  • Health app developers face their biggest obstacle: Privacy regulations | VentureBeat | Health | by Evan Schuman

    By on March 23, 2015

    Source: VentureBeat


    Mobile apps for health care have broken new ground in monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment. Next week, some of the most advanced will be highlighted at the SXSW Accelerator competition.

    These apps have the potential to advance health care, especially in parts of the world where quality care is distant. But they first have to overcome a huge obstacle. In addition to the funding challenges and routine tech hurdles that every startup must clear, healthcare apps have to wrestle with 19-year-oldfederal HIPAA guidelines, which often frustrate developers, who see the rules as impractical in the mobile world of 2015.

    “I think it is one of the major challenges in the space right now and for the foreseeable future,” said David Whelan, chief business officer for Stemp, which makes a mechanism for continuously taking a patient’s temperature via a mobile device and is a finalist in the SXSW competition. “The conflict is the competing priorities between HIPAA requirements and making healthcare data measurable and accessible via mobile technology. HIPAA is outdated in very much the same way that intellectual property rights and copyright law has been outdated.

    “We’ve seen this repeatedly over the past 10-15 years with the advent of digital media. These guidelines were written for another time, another era,” Whelan said.

    Whelan added that part of the problem is the crowded community of people involved in any mobile healthcare data effort: regulators, insurers, doctors, and patients, all of whom have different perspectives.

    Dana Abramovitz is a biochemist who is running the Health & MedTech Expo at next week’s SXSW event in Austin and she echoed Whelan’s concerns about the crowded mobile healthcare communities. But Abramovitz’s chief concern about that crowding is not the large number of players per se, but who is talking to whom — and who isn’t involved.

    “The conversation currently is between the policy makers, the companies (making the mobile apps) and the hospitals,” Abramovitz said. “The person — the patient — that is who is being left out of the conversation. Why can I deposit a check on my mobile phone but I can’t e-mail the results of an MRI of my foot to my doctor?”

    Is HIPAA even practical?

    The essence of the HIPAA argument is that no healthcare personally identifiable information (PII) should be easily accessible to unauthorized people, whether that’s a marketer trying to sell products, an identity thief or a romantic partner who has temporary access to the patient’s phone. Some have interpreted this to forbid saving any information on the phone, opting instead to have it encrypted and securely transmitted to a hopefully secure server.

    Another common issue: Any communication via e-mail or text is either banned by HIPAA or must be done in such a cryptic way as to make it useless to thieves if intercepted. (Example: “Dr. Smith, Patient 56729 has a result. Log in to your server to see what it is.”)

    The problem is that this approach isn’t always practical, such as when the phone is in an area where Internet access is spotty. Frustratingly, those are precisely the places where these kinds of mobile health care capabilities can do the most good.

    Consider MobileODT, which makes a device that leverages a phone’s capabilities to make cervical cancer diagnosis easier and much less expensive. Its device, according to CEO Ariel Beery, “transforms the phone into a long-range microscope” by physically attaching a specialized lens with a light-source and a battery pack.

    “We’re adding an additional lens to (the phone’s) lens, making it a mix of a telescope and a microscope. The physician can then see a distance of 30 centimeters away at a magnification of between 10 and 25 times.”

    The $1,800 device replaces the standard hospital-based mechanism, which costs more than 10 times as much, Beery said. But in many of the areas MobileODT focuses on, the mobile apparatus wouldn’t replace that large hospital equipment — because in those areas, there is no equipment. Instead, health workers make diagnoses with a flashlight and the naked eye.

    Such diagnoses “are more often than not wrong,” resulting in a high rate of miscarriages and infections, Beery said. “They are treating five out of six women unnecessarily.”

    Cloud storage to the rescue

    Due to the HIPAA restrictions, the images captured by MobileODT’s app have to be shared with a cloud-based server and can’t be stored on the phone. (MobileODT is also a finalist in the SXSW competition.)

    Another example comes from another finalist in the SXSW competition: Eko Devices, which creates a mobile-enhanced intelligent stethoscope that routes heart sounds to a phone via Bluetooth LE. It creates four 10-second .wav audio clips–each file is about 800KB–and then sends them to a server, with nothing stored on the phone, according to Eko COO Jason Bellet.

    The idea is that the mobile app uses active noise-filtering and digital amplification software, creating a high-quality sound file that heart specialists anywhere in the world can listen to and diagnose. Bellet argues that this has huge cost implications, partially because there is little emphasis on diagnosing stethoscope sounds in medical schools today.

    “There is an over-reliance on technology. We’re seeing $3,000 echocardiograms being used instead of a $15 exam,” Bellet said, suggesting that his device “creates an environment to hear heart sounds more clearly and more accurately” — and to share them more easily.

    Although few health care mobile developers say that HIPAA strikes the right balance between privacy and innovation, some maintain that wholesale changes to HIPAA may not be necessary.

    “I don’t disagree that (HIPAA) is horribly long and convoluted. But we haven’t found it to be too cumbersome,” MobileODT’s Beery said. “Just like most regulatory guidelines, HIPAA can be challenging to read and a bit clunky, especially since so much has changed in the digital sphere since it was written. That said, it shouldn’t be a barrier to health-interested startups.”

    Innovation that honors HIPAA

    Chandra Haas is the CEO of Securasi Rx Vault, which makes a health care app for psychiatrists. His position is that many of the HIPAA obstacles can be addressed with much more extensive use of encryption on mobile devices, something that some developers resist. It short, he puts the onus on developers, not HIPAA, to be more flexible.

    Developers are “not innovating enough to allow for easy-to-use compliance within the existing rules. High levels of encryption should be baked into these products,” Haas said. “Typically, companies hash the password and use that as the encryption key and that’s simply not secure enough.

    “It’s possible to innovate in a way that honors HIPAA. It is really not necessary to change HIPAA.”

    There are also many mobile app developers who are not even sure what HIPAA permits, and are therefore nervous about how to proceed.

    Swatee Surve is CEO of Litesprite, another finalist in the SXSW competition. Litesprite uses mobile games to treat stress and related psychological conditions and Surve said there is much frustration about where the boundaries and where they should be.

    “HIPAA is not a regulation as much as it’s a guideline,” Surve said. “There is no inspector who will come into your office say you’re not HIPAA compliant or you are.”

    Surve said that this debate involves fundamental issues about society. “It is fundamentally a question of consumer perception. What do we want as a society? How much privacy are we willing to give up?”

    Another way to look at that question is to ask how much inconvenience and cost are we willing to put up with in order to secure private data. That answer changes, logically enough, based on the value of the protected data.

    Put more ominously: How much damage could a bad guy do with the protected data?

    Perfect security: Next to impossible

    Many of today’s mobile health care apps deal with only a small sliver of information, such as a heartbeat, a temperature history, a blood test, etc. But Tute Genomics — yet another SXSW finalist — is dealing with the full genome and touches on extensive DNA analysis. In your doctor’s hands, this could be a powerful diagnostic and preventative tool. In the wrong hands, such data could be devastating.

    Tute’s director of bioinformatics, Bryce Daines, said today’s mobile HIPAA issues need to be resolved, but with genomes, he thinks a balance emphasizing medical capabilities over security and privacy should be considered.

    “From a practical point of view when dealing with genetics testing, (HIPAA) is only limiting,” Daines said. “We certainly have to have an eye on security, but I don’t think we should limit ourselves just because of potential privacy issues.”

    Stemp’s product collects repeated temperature data points from sensors attached to the patient. This is helpful, for example, with a sleeping sick child, so that you can monitor the temperature without waking the patient. This also gives physicians a complete history of temperatures, which is often much more medically useful than a single temperature reading.

    But such data collection on the phone could easily violate HIPAA. “It might not be possible for this to work without saving to cache [on the phone],” said Whelan. “That (HIPAA) set of requirements might not be reasonable.”

    Whelan makes the case that reasonable security/privacy might be achieved by keeping all data points small, which would theoretically mean that capturing any single one would pose minimal risk.

    “Consumers might have pieces of data settling between their device and (cloud servers). If you’re moving data over devices like this, there is not going to be complete security. It’s next to impossible,” Whelan said.

    “There could always be another loophole that gets in between where the data is coming from and where you want it to go.”

  • Bilan: Les nouveaux modèles d’affaires de la «privacy».

    By on March 17, 2015

    http://www.bilan.ch/node/1019051

    PAR FABRICE DELAYE Plusieurs start-up suisses font de la protection de la vie privée une expérience utilisateur attrayante.

    DONNÉES PERSONNELLES

    Depuis de nombreuses années, on répète que les lois helvétiques sur la protection de la vie privée sont un atout dans la nouvelle économie numérique. Les révélations de l’affaire Snowden sur la surveillance des données personnelles, l’arrivée des objets connectés et du soi quantifié et les applications pour smartphone qui nous géolocalisent à tout instant ont rendu la question tangible pour un large public.

    Reste qu’à l’exception de la transformation de quelques bunkers de l’armée en data centers, le business suisse de la protection de la vie privée et des données demeurait abstrait pour l’utilisateur lambda. C’est ce qu’a décidé de changer une poignée de start-up.

    Privately dans le contrôle d’accès aux données que l’on publie sur les réseaux sociaux, Pryv pour celui des données médicales, Threema avec sa messagerie instantanée encryptée et ProtonMail avec ses e-mails entièrement sécurisés donnent aux utilisateurs des moyens simples et efficaces de protéger leurs données personnelles des grandes oreilles de la NSA comme de Google et consorts. En substance, non seulement elles conservent les données sur des serveurs basés en Suisse mais elles démocratisent des outils sophistiqués d’encryptions. Ils sont invisibles dans l’expérience utilisateur.

    Naissance d’un cluster

    Spin-off du groupe Kudelski, Privately vient ainsi de lancer une application qui rend les données (les photos, par exemple) publiées sur Facebook et Twitter accessibles uniquement à des destinataires et pour des durées choisis. Il suffit de les télécharger sur l’app qui les publie ensuite sur les réseaux sociaux avec ces paramètres. La lausannoise Pryv commercialise, elle, sa technologie certifiée en marque blanche pour des partenaires dans le domaine de la santé.

    A l’instar de Domosafety, ils en font une fonctionnalité de leurs produits. Threema, de son côté, fait un carton en Allemagne avec une messagerie de type WhatsApp entièrement encryptée et utilisée par 3,2  millions de personnes. La genevoise ProtonMail s’apprête à lancer sa boîte mail, elle aussi encryptée, après avoir attiré plus de 300 000 utilisateurs pour la version test. Grâce à une prise en compte soignée de l’expérience utilisateur, ces entreprises concrétisent les promesses d’un cluster helvétique dans la «privacy».

  • Pryv news: connect Moves App and graphs on iOs App

    By on March 16, 2015

    Pryv-logo-source

    We are excited to announce integration with Moves, as well as the release of a new version of Pryv for iOS, with new functionality and better performance and usability.

    Moves integration

    Now you can enrich your Pryv perspective with all the walking, cycling and running automatically recorded by Moves.
    Connect here (or via the web app)

    Graph visualization for your measures on iOS

    Get a more insightful view for your numerical values.
    Please note that in version 1.7.7 of the app your values and graphs will appear first in the mobile timeline.

    Download Pryv for iOS
    Copyright © 2015 Pryv, All rights reserved.
  • BDO: An interview with Pryv, Elasticio & Followupcc on the future of cloud connectors

    By on March 11, 2015

    Evelina Georgieva (EG), Head of Business Development at Pryv. Pryv provides personal and health logging solutions to both organizations and individuals:

    For us as a company, the main benefit is quick and easy communication with users, and quicker access to a large number of potential users.
    The power of our service is to a degree dependent on the amount and quality of data available and the ability to seamlessly collect and integrate data from many different apps and platforms is a plus for both us and our customers. “

     

    MEET THE COMPANIES DESTROYING SOFTWARE SUITES AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION AS WE KNOW IT

    CLOUD CONNECTORS AND THEIR SURROUNDING ECOSYSTEM PROMISES A NEW, FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO CREATING BEST-OF-BREED SOFTWARE AND APPLICATION SOLUTIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES ALIKE. THE APPROACH MIGHT SPELL THE END OF SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND SOFTWARE SUITES, AS WE KNOW THEM. MEET THREE OF THE SPECIALISTS WHO GIVE YOU THE INSIDE VIEW, OF WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW – AND WHAT THE FUTURE OF CLOUD CONNECTORS MIGHT BE.

    Cloud integrators are currently causing upheaval in the software and application industry. The integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) approach, as it is known, lets you combine applications and software solutions seamlessly.It is an approach based on creating flexible best-of-breed solutions across the board for both individuals and companies that – wanting to or not – throws down the gauntlet and will have software giants, who want to sell you bundled software, scratching their heads, if not biting their fingernails.
    Because while it might not be for everyone, the LEGO-based approach to software solutions, with the ability to connect apps and software from any and all developer is gaining steam and has got large parts of the software industry, as well as venture capitalists and investment funds, buzzing.
    For example, the cloud connector IFTTT recently raised $30 million in new funding and was valued at $200+ million by VentureWire. A valuation that will no doubt grow as the company expands its network of connected applications.
    IFTTT can connect various parts an emerging ecosystem of apps that offers everything from Facebook and Twitter to small, highly focused and specialised services.
    As I have written about in another article, the degree of specialisation might mean the death of bundled software from giants such as Microsoft, Adobe and Oracle, plus have wide-ranging impacts on adjoining industries such as system integration.
    I spoke to three insiders about their take on the cloud connector ecosystem, as well as what possibilities and challenges might lie ahead.

    Jakob Sand (JKS): To start with the positives, what are some of the main strengths of cloud integrators, not just for your company but also for users in general?

    Renat Zubairov (RZ), Co-Founder & CEO of elastic.io, a provider of iPaaS that helps SaaS Vendors and companies using SaaS software with data and application integration:
    Best of breed springs to mind. Companies have much better possibilities of creating solutions tailored to their needs.
    It makes companies more flexible and able to react faster to changes in markets or internal organisational needs. Companies’ internal IT infrastructure and efficiency gains related to it are major competitive advantages in the current competitive landscape. If all companies bought the same software that advantage would not exist.
    Evelina Georgieva (EG), Head of Business Development at Pryv. Pryv provides personal and health logging solutions to both organizations and individuals:
    For us as a company, the main benefit is quick and easy communication with users, and quicker access to a large number of potential users.
    The power of our service is to a degree dependent on the amount and quality of data available and the ability to seamlessly collect and integrate data from many different apps and platforms is a plus for both us and our customers.
    Suzanne Cohen (SC), CEO at FollowUp.cc. – a company that provides users with the ability to set time-based reminders via email through formatted email addresses in the TO, CC and BCC fields:
    The ability to make integrations on the fly without bringing in an IT person and engineering resources. Before cloud connectors, integration was a challenging and expensive process and now it is simple.
    If we were to build an integration, we would test the market and see if there was a need to service, look at the cost of building and then perhaps start engineering. Only after we had some validation would be build and we certainly wouldn’t put resources into building a feature for a single user. That changes with cloud integrators.
    The fact that our tool can be integrated with many others leads to a situation where our customer stickiness is vastly improved.

    JKS: How would you say that the advantages of cloud integrators might vary between SMEs and larger companies?

    EG from Pryv: There are certain advantages in regards to SMEs, due to the flexible approach. Using a cloud integration solution for your software and app needs definitely cuts your IT-costs.
    SC from FollowUp: It eliminates integration costs – making it easier to on-board users and giving those users the features that they want almost immediately. This definitely helps speed up the sales process.
    The size of the enterprise probably matters. The majority of our users are either SME companies or individuals.
    RZ from elasti.io: You could argue that it is better suited for the needs of SMEs, but larger organisations see a lot of what I refer to as consumerization of software and apps. This means that individual workers, offices or departments use specific services that might not be part of the organisation’s official software ecosystem.
    Just think about Dropbox; many workers use that or similar services to share documents – even if Dropbox is not the company’s preferred cloud storage service.

    JKS: Are you afraid that your product might ‘drown’ in a sea of similar offerings in such an ecosystem? Or that cloud connectors being a new kind of software vendor and offering integration services might have an impact on your business?

    SC: I do not think we are likely to drown. What I think you will see is the emergence of a lot of specialist apps and software that only do few things, but do those things very well. There is a great strength in specialising and offering unique services, and I think that will be the future scenario: a lot of specialised products that end users can mix and match to create best of breed solutions across the board.
    EG Our product is pretty specific and I do not think there is a similar product on a platform such as IFTTT at the moment. Of course, there might be others in future, but I do not think that it is likely that we are going to see a lot of direct competition. I agree on the specialisation, which also means that the development teams in app and software companies do not need to be very large – on a comparative scale with what you see in big companies, at least.
    RZ: Well, if you ask system integrators, many of them will tell you that they are seeing a drop in the number of consultancy hours they do. That is not only related to the cloud integrators, but also has something to do with the general development of the software business.
    I do not think that cloud connectors are the new system integrators, or that they even want that role.

    JKS: It sounds like cloud connector could turn services into a system akin to LEGO where the individual user – be it a person, group or company – has the ability to mix and match solutions as they want.

    Is this a view you would agree with? And if so, what are some of the consequences for other parts of the software industry?

    SC: I think some of that is already happening today. Take our own company, for example. We use intercom.io and closed.io for customer interaction and sales that would otherwise be spread out over email, chat sessions, CRM, analytics, etc. Both apps do what they do extremely well, and suit our needs perfectly. Thanks to cloud integration, we can connect and integrate these solutions.
    However, I think there will always be a place for enterprise software. Using a cloud connector to integrate is still a challenging process for the vast majority of people. We use Zapier to automate many business processes in our office and I have been super impressed with the functionality, but my mom could never figure out the system.
    RZ: We are seeing the emergence of a different ecosystem of apps and connections between them that relies on some of the strengths of a cloud-based approach.
    That said, there are still some issues and challenges when implementing a decentralised software structure in a business setting. One such issue communication latency that is specific for Cloud/SaaS applications, which is one area where an on-premise applications behave differently.
    There is also an issue of trust. It is not that people do not trust cloud integrators, but that they know and trust the system integrators they work with, and who they have easier face-to-face access to.
    In short, I think that there will still be plenty of room for solutions like SAP, and there will be many companies who prefer the single solution approach, but cloud connectors offer a customizable, flexible, best-of-breed approach.
    EG: The LEGO approach is definitely one that we agree with and support. It seems to lead back to how the software and app industry was a long time ago, where there was much more room for smaller companies. To some degree, cloud integrators help support an emerging ecosystem inhabited by a multitude of small, agile and highly specialised companies who keep on coming up with new products. I believe it is a model that large software and app companies cannot compete with.

    JKS: What are some of the mergers and acquisition trends we are seeing in relation to cloud integrators? Are we, for example, seeing big companies take on the newcomers by delving into their incredibly deep pockets?

    RZ: In the first wave of acquisitions in the cloud integration space we saw the Dell/Boomi and IBM/CastIron deals. These two deals are in the deep enterprise integration area where cloud has just started to play a role.
    It is difficult to know when we might see the next big wave come, but it might be tied to the maturation of business app stores like App Direct or Parallels, which will go out and buy very specific features and capabilities.
    SC: There is to some degree a trend where some of the bigger players are buying up some of the smaller enterprises and start-ups they find interesting, or offer specialised services that they want to integrate. For example, this is what I think was behind Microsoft’s move to acquire Acompli and Sunrise.
    An interesting trend that I think will continue is the emergence of specialists in the ‘pipes’ themselves. Twilio is growing rapidly, and what they offer if the connection between apps or software. In other words, it does not do anything on its own of offer channels like IFTTT.
    EG: I am sure that the big companies will want to try that, but the organic and evolving nature of the market that is made possible thanks to cloud connectors will prove that it is an approach that is doomed to fail.
    The question becomes: how do you identify the small companies that are going to be successful, the ones that might become a threat to part of your bundled software-solutions or offer a new, innovative solution that corners a specific market? I do not think that will be possible. It would be like trying to keep track of a continually growing long tail of apps and software.
    For the smaller companies, the cloud connectors helps them reach a number of users where they become interesting for VCs and investment funds.
     
    March 11, 2015
  • ” Die dezentrale Ablage medizinischer Daten unter Berücksichtigung der Jurisdiktion und unter Verwendung von Wearables ist die Spezialität von Pryv. “

    By on March 10, 2015

    Artikel erschienen in IT Magazine 2015/01

    von Christian Walter, swiss made software
     
    Die Verwaltung und Aufbewahrung medizinischer Daten ist heikel. Die Menge ist gross und nimmt ständig zu. Ein Treiber ist der Trend zur Selbstvermessung, das Quantified Self. Ins Spiel kommen hier allerlei neue Sensoren und Wearables. Diese produzieren nicht nur viele Daten, sondern legen diese in unterschiedlichsten Silos auf verschiedene Arten ab. So entstehen disparate Datenberge, verteilt rund um den Erdball. Ordnung in dieses digitale Tohuwabohu bringen will das Lausanner Start-up Pryv.
    Seit Oktober 2014 bietet das Unternehmen eine Datenverwaltungslösung für Businesskunden. Deren Entwicklung begann bereits 2012. Damals wollten die sechs Gründer aus dem EPFL-Umfeld eine Endkunden-Lösung schaffen, die ihnen die Kontrolle über die eigenen Daten ermöglicht. Dafür schufen sie einen ganzen Software-Stack. Allerdings gelang es nicht, die notwendigen Gelder zu akquirieren, um das Frontend fertigzustellen. Aus der Not wurde eine Tugend und Pryv änderte die Zielkundschaft von Privat auf Business.

    Wearables und andere Sensoren

    Schliesslich war das grundlegende Problem auch hier vorhanden. Zahlreiche Geschäftsideen fussen auf der Erhebung von Daten mittels sogenannter Wearables oder anderer Sensoren, deren Speicherung und schliesslich Verarbeitung. Hier setzt Pryv in seiner zweiten Inkarnation an, zum Beispiel bei der Altenpflege. Ein Kunde des Unternehmens ist spezialisiert auf Notfallerkennung bei allein lebenden Senioren. Deren Wohnungen werden mit Sensoren an Türen, Kühlschränken oder Couch und Bett ausgestattet. Die Interaktion der Menschen mit den Sensoren wird aufgezeichnet und nach einer Weile können Anomalien erkannt und gegebenenfalls Notfalldienste alarmiert werden.
    Sensoren und Analyse obliegen Pryvs Kunden, setzen aber auf der Pryv-Datenbank auf. Diese wird direkt von den selbstentwickelten Sensoren des Partners gefüttert, kann aber auch mit fast allen anderen gängigen Marken sprechen. «Im letzten Jahr erkannte man in der Wearables-Industrie, dass es ohne offene APIs nicht geht. In Folge sind praktisch alle APIs offengelegt worden», so Pierre-Mikael Legris, CEO von Pryv.

    Endkunden haben Kontrolle

    Interessanterweise darf hier auch der Patient mitreden – sofern der Anbieter dies erlaubt. Ein mögliches Szenario ist die Weitergabe der Sensordaten an Dritte, zum Beispiel Familienangehörige. Diese können direkt einsehen, ob es irgendwelche Unregelmässigkeiten gibt oder ob man lieber später anruft, da der Senior noch im Bett liegt. Das ist zwar löblich, aber nicht im Interesse eines jeden Menschen, auch wenn er gebrechlich ist. Deshalb kann dieser bestimmen, wie genau die Aussagen sind. Das Spektrum reicht hier von «Alles in Ordnung» bis «Macht gerade die Kühlschranktür auf». Die Berechtigung vergibt der Senior selbst mit einem eigenen Token.
    Das Anwendungsspektrum ist natürlich deutlich weiter und Pryv hat schon andere Projekte in Arbeit.
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