Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will begin offering the Voyce Pro Wellness Monitoring Program to all patients beginning in April. This will be the first veterinary college and teaching hospital to offer the technology, created by i4C Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Intersections Inc.
Voyce Pro enables remote observation of canine patients’ biometric data, including resting heart and respiratory rates, intensity of activity, quality of rest and calories burned. The data will be used to drive better patient health and practice outcomes, according to the company and college.
“As an organization, we strive to shape tomorrow’s veterinarians while providing our clients an unmatched patient experience, and integrating the latest advancements in veterinary medicine and technology is essential to our success,” said Eleanor M. Green, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, the Carl B. King dean for veterinary medicine at the college. “We look forward to incorporating Voyce Pro into our hospital and benefitting from the remote monitoring and objective data provided by this exciting new program.”
The partnership between Voyce and the college developed as a result of the positive experiences that Sonya G. Gordon, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (Cardiology), had while using the system during a small trial on her canine patients suffering from heart disease.
“I use Voyce data in combination with my medical evaluation for the assessment of the clinical stability of my heart failure patients,” said Dr. Gordon. “Based on the health data I see, specifically resting heart rate, I can ascertain if a patient’s clinical management is effective and intervene, if necessary. The best tool to treat heart failure is early diagnosis. Voyce Pro has the potential to help us do a better job of this in a simple, cost-effective manner.”
Canine patients are enrolled in the Voyce Pro program based on a veterinary recommendation. The patient is provided a Voyce Health Monitor, which is worn around the dog’s neck. Hospital staff have the ability to set customized data parameters for each patient, based on their individual conditions or needs, and the Voyce Pro Wellness Monitoring Program will alert the veterinarian if the key vital signs and wellness indicators move outside of those set parameters.
Biometric data collected from the Voyce Health Monitor will sync with the interactive Veterinary Dashboard (accessible from any Web-enabled device) that provides access to information about each patient enrolled in the Voyce Pro program.