The Senior Care Action Network Health Plan (SCAN) in Long Beach, California plans to employ the devices later this month. A cover has been added to the webcam as some consumers worried about privacy, which may not be a bad addition, as we are all concerned about privacy and the home monitoring unit technology is still so very new.
It has some whistles and bells to include a cuff for taking blood pressure too. I like the fact that the devices allows access to a web cam so individuals don’t lose the human touch here. So many devices just monitor and send results and that leaves a little bit to be desired. If done correctly, the telehealth devices can be a working asset and connect seniors and others directly when needed without being “intrusive”, as I feel some devices are that are on the market today.
It will be interesting to follow the pilot roll outs and see what reports come back from users. The FDA approved the device earlier this year for use. BD
Intel Corp. has revealed pilot sites and a customer for its new Health Guide telemedicine device and related software and services. The small device, designed to be used in the homes of the chronically ill, features a touch-screen and a camera for videoconferencing between patients and clinicians.
The first customer is Advanced Warning Systems Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., which will use Intel’s Health Guide to monitor patients who have a high incidence of cardiovascular-related illnesses.
Pilot tests will begin soon at insurers Aetna Inc., Hartford, Conn., and SCAN Health Plan, Long Beach, Calif. Other test sites are Providence Medical Group, a Beaverton, Ore.-based group practice, and Erickson Retirement Communities, Baltimore.
Customers for the devices and related software and services will pay either one upfront fee or monthly fees for each patient, Scott says. Intel will primarily sell the devices to hospitals, clinics, home health agencies and other providers that serve the chronically ill and elderly patients.
When they enroll patients in a telehealth program, providers will set up a schedule. For example, Scott explains, a nurse might ask a patient to submit vital signs and answer questions several times a week and then hold a videoconference weekly.