Intel Corp., the world’s biggest computer chip maker, recently released the Intel Health Guide, a medical monitor for patients with chronic health problems.
This device enables medical professionals to monitor the health of chronically ill patients through the web. The product is a small touch-screen PC running on Windows XP. It contains a web portal that connects doctors and their patients. Through this device, doctors can monitor a patients health and even check their vital signs while advising them to take their medicine. Using email and videoconferencing, patients can communicate with their doctors, allowing them to ask questions and get any information they may need.
Intended for at-home use, doctors and nurses can check heart functions, blood sugar levels and other health factors while being able to advise patients remotely through an online connection on how to best manage their condition.
"The Health Guide is a step forward in offering more personalized and effective management of chronic health conditions in the home," said Intel Digital Health Group vice president Louis Burns. "Intel has spent years researching the needs of both caregivers and patients, and we are now moving to launch a series of products that will help extend care from the hospital to the home."
Patients are responsible for entering their own medical data into the system. The product is designed for easy use and includes extra-large touch screen buttons and step-by-step voice prompts. The text is also read simultaneously as it appears on the screen.
Intel has partnered with the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association to provide the application's medical assessments, evidence-based treatment guidelines, and educational multimedia content.
Louis Burns said that the goal is to help medical and insurance companies save money by shifting more health care chores associated with an aging population to homes and out of hospitals. The new device will allow the elderly “to be active participants in what’s going on with their health.” He also states that the device could reduce the number of patient visits to a hospital.
Source/Images: Intel Press Release