Medical Devices in Home Health Care

If a company like Intel gets involved you know that providing home health screening devices must be a big opportunity.

Intel Health Guide is designed to be a comprehensive home monitoring service.

  1. In-home patient device.
  2. An online interface allowing clinicians to monitor patients and remotely manage care.
  3. Interactive tools for personalized care management.
  4. Integrates vital sign collection.
  5. Patient reminders.
  6. Multimedia educational content and feedback.
  7. Communications tools such as video conferencing and e-mail.
  8. Can connect to specific models of wired and wireless medical devices:
  • blood pressure monitors
  • glucose meters
  • pulse oximeters
  • peak flow meters
  • weight scales

The Health Guide stores and displays the collected information on a touch screen and sends to a secure host server, where health care professionals can review the information. Patients using the Health Guide can monitor their health status, communicate with care teams and learn about their medical conditions.

Another recent announcement is by Freescale Semiconductor: Here comes an ECG-on-a-chip solution!. The Freescale Electrocardiogram (ECG) Hardware Solution along with Monebo ECG Monitoring Algorithms will allow for low-cost integration of ECG monitoring for remote monitoring and even in home-based devices.

There are many health conditions that would benefit from improved remote monitoring capabilities, but heart disease is certainly at the top of the list and has been shown to reduce hospital re-admissionsHolter monitoring has been around for a long time, but this type of embedded ECG hardware and software technology along with interactive devices like the Intel Health Guide, could significantly raise the bar for ambulatory patient heart monitoring.  Companies like CardioNet are already counting on this trend.

It’s a good bet that PHR providers like Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault will start to incorporate similar interactive technologies into their offerings. Also, Microsoft offers a device certification program that will draw in more devices. Google has similar developer and branding policies in place (see here).

UPDATE (8/19/08): Tools Help Patients Interface With Doctors which also discusses the Zuri device.

UPDATE (11/10/08): Intel Health Guide Undergoing Trials

UPDATE (12/17/08): Intel Health Guide

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