Could a Start-Up Lead Personal Injury Claims to Go High-Tech?

Wearable devices aimed at tracking wellness aren’t necessarily new, but one such technology start-up is putting them to new use.

Vivametrica is a company that collects and analyzes data from a variety of wearable devices pertaining to health and wellness. The goal of Vivametrica is to change the way the data is managed, used and shared so that it’s more beneficial and consequential within a variety of settings.

The company has created algorithms which they say allow them measure and predict health statuses, and that information can also be shared with approved caregivers so they can be more engaged with their patient’s activity and overall health.

So what does that have to do with personal injury?

The company has launched a new service specifically for use by personal injury lawyers. The company works by comparing data gathered from a potential client to that of the normal population to help personal injury lawyers determine whether or not they should take that person on as a client.

“What we’re trying to do to begin with is provide a tool for the lawyer to do an assessment of their clients earlier in the case,” Dr. Robert Hu, CEO of Vivametrica, told MobiHealthNews. “Lawyers, just like other professionals, need to have a way of defining where to their clients fit in the whole scheme of things. We present this initially as a tool for the lawyer to get a sense for where their client is.”

Dr. Hu went on to point out that the data could become part of the court proceedings in personal injury cases, which could eliminate some of the barriers of what he referred to as “he-said-she-said.”

Right now VIvametrica as it applies to usage by personal injury lawyers is in the early phases—the company is working with one law firm and a total of about 10 personal injury lawyers.

Vivametrica says that although it has other firms and lawyers interested, they’re hoping to have a more comprehensive understanding of how well it works before working toward increasing the volume of users.

Vivametrica is designed to be able to incorporate information from an array of sensors including Gear Fit and Samsung Galaxy Gear. The data which is set as the normalized baseline numbers are broken down into segments including age, gender, waist circumference, and body mass index.

While it’s an interesting concept, it’s not the only idea that’s come to light recently linking new technology with personal injury law. A medical malpractice insurer in California recently teamed with HealthLoop to utilize the startup’s new communication platform to decrease the number of malpractice suits brought against a doctor or hospital. The goal of the partnership is to increase the level of communication between care providers and patients in order to reduce the number and cost of malpractice claims brought against the provider.

What do you think about the concept of new technology and start-ups intersecting with the law? Fascinating way to strengthen cases, or too invasive?

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