The next time you visit your physicians office you may leave with more than just a referral slip. Intel along with selected partners has begun rolling out branded versions of its Health Guide technology in the United Stated and Europe.
The Intel Health Guide’s features include access to patients’ data, tools to analyze vital signs, and management of patient reminders and surveys. In addition, it offers multimedia educational content and communications tools, such as video conferencing. According to Intel, the company isn’t settling for this sole product; they plan to use the core technology components of this device to build products targeted for new areas – such as independent living and programs for health and wellness management. Future technologies could even support new devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs, designed to improve health care as well.
Intel and GE say that the market for telemedicine and home health-monitoring is $3bn (£2bn) today in North America and Europe combined, but is expected to grow to $7.7bn (£5.2bn) by 2012. These machines are are already in the field and the word from trusted sources is that they are preforming far better than anyone expected. Now if i can just get the iPad version.