Although we live in an era that promotes increased health and well-being, there is still a steady rise in the number of people around the world who are suffering from chronic illnesses. Meeting the needs of those who require regular ongoing medical attention places a great strain on the health care system, but with Intel's invention of a new personal health system, appropriately named "The Health Guide ", this may no longer be the case.
Weighing in at 8 pounds, the Health Guide enables patients to converse remotely with their healthcare professionals such as doctors and caregivers. This gadget has a 40 GB hard drive, runs on Windows XP and its interface is Intel's own proprietary software called "The Intel Home Management Suite ".
Some of its features include:
- Patient reminders
- Multimedia educational content
- Vital sign data collection
- Motivational messages
This medical gadget has the ability to connect with certain types of wireless and non-wireless medical devices such as glucose meters, blood-pressure monitors, weight scales, etc. Once data has been collected, the information is then sent encrypted to a secure server host, whereby, medical practitioners can retrieve the data easily.
Intel's Health Guide has recently been given the green light by the FDA to market this particular product and plans for it to be available commercially should be late 2008 or early 2009.