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General Health : Other News Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


Intel at-home healthcare laptop being tested
By Ben Wasserman
Nov 10, 2008 - 3:14:18 PM

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Monday November 10, 2008 -- Intel, the computer chipmaker like many other organizations wants to have some business in the health care industry. It has reportedly begun testing pilot programs including a home health laptop, application and database that allow patients to communicate with their health providers.

 

The Intel Health Guide, a system that includes a laptop for patients to use at home and an online interface for health care administrators, already received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July.

 

A few health care providers including Aetna, Scan Health Plan, Erickson Retirement Communities, and the Providence Medical Group in Oregon have now been testing the pilot programs to have a feel about how the system works.

 

To promote use of its Health Guide, Intel have enlisted two major health organizations the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association as medical information providers of evidence-based medical content.

 

The medical advice from the organizations is dispersed through the system. Patients can read advice on treatment guidelines, and educational multimedia content for diseases like blood pressure and diabetes so they can better communicate with their health care providers and take better care of themselves.

 

It was reported that the Intel Health Guide PHS6000 device is more user-friendly than early thought. No experienced clinicians are required to be present at patients' home for them to use the system.

 

The health guide may be used as it is or health administers may choose to program their own treatment guidelines into the Intel's system and administer and monitor the system remotely through an online interface.

 

The kind of laptop can activate at any time every day and sound a reminder chime.   Once the patient responds, the device can automatically run through a program giving a series of questions or advice. This device is not just a medical information portal.   It has actually been equipped with some tools like glucose-measuring tools that diabetes patients can readily use, media reported.

 

The Intel health guide can also be used as a tool to educate patients on how best to take care, of course.   But users will have to input their medical data themselves so that nurses and doctors and administers can intervene when necessarily.

 

"That should help nurses or case managers move to more of a management by exception approach," Mariah Scott, head of sales and marketing for Intel's Digital Health Group was quoted as saying.





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