November 10, 2008

Intel Releases At-Home Healthcare Laptop

Intel has unveiled a new home health laptop, application, and database system that puts patients remotely in sync with their health care providers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave 510(k) clearance to the Intel Health Guide in July. It includes a laptop for patients and an online interface for health care administrators.

"The Health Guide is a step forward in offering more personalized and effective management of chronic health conditions in the home," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of the Intel Digital Health Group.

So far, four healthcare companies have begun pilot programs to test how well the system works with their patients.

"Health care is an area where getting and gathering the right information, and getting decisions made in a timely matter can make an enormous difference in patient care," said Mariah Scott, head of sales and marketing for Intel's Digital Health Group.

Intel also announced it 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.

The company plans to sell its Intel Health Care Management Suite as a comprehensive online data-collection system for health care organizations. Scott said organizations could also choose to program their own treatment guidelines into Intel's system.

Health care professionals can then program, administer, and monitor the system remotely via an online connection to the device.

The Health Guide promotes greater patient engagement and more efficient care management by enabling communication between patients and health care professionals and providing clinicians with access to the most current, actionable data.

The laptop can sound a reminder chime at any specific time of day to run patients run through a series of questions and prompts that can include taking vitals.

Tools like blood pressure cuffs and glucose measuring tools are already connected to the machine. Patients are given step-by-step instructions on how to use them.

However, patients are responsible for inputting their medical data and following any medical instructions.

Scott said the Health Guide PHS6000's touch-screen laptop and interface is designed to be easy for even the least tech-savvy and medically unaware person to use.

The device is built with extra-large touch-screen "buttons," step-by-step voice prompts, and text is simultaneously read aloud as it appears onscreen.

The Intel device can also function as a healthcare instructor.

Scott said if a patient with high blood pressure continues to have elevated pressure, the device might offer to show that person a video about managing hypertension.

He said the functionality of the device should help nurses or case managers move to more of a management by exception approach.

"Instead of needing to call every patient every day, they can see that data in a dashboard and only need to intervene if there's an issue or concern," said Scott.

The Health Guide is only for health care professionals to manage their patients at home and is not currently available for general consumer purchase.


Image 1: The Intel® Health Guide offers interactive tools for personalized care management and includes vital sign collection, patient reminders, surveys, multimedia educational content, and video conferencing and alerts.

Image 2: The Intel® Health Guide allows clinicians to monitor patients in their homes and manage care remotely.

Image 3: The Intel® Health Guide combines an in-home patient device as well as an online interface.


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