Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture of Intel Corp. and GE Healthcare to enhance and market their respective home health and independent living applications, has received 510(k) market clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the Intel Health Guide Express.

Intel Health Guide is a touch-screen home monitoring kiosk that links patients to caregivers. The Express version is software that enables the same functions via a personal computer rather than the kiosk. The software is scheduled for commercial availability in the second quarter of 2011.

Patients on a daily basis can use Intel Health Guide to measure such vital signs as blood pressure, pulse and weight, and respond to questions specific to their condition. Health Guide also enables videoconferencing so clinicians can assess patients for signs and symptoms suggesting deterioration in their condition.

Other Intel-GE Care Innovation products include:

GE's QuietCare, designed to detect problems an independent living patient may be having and alert caregivers. Motion sensors throughout an apartment or home use infrared technology to track a resident's movements and feed the information to a base station in the apartment or home. Software in the base station "learns" a resident's daily activities, such as the number of nightly bathroom visits, the times meals are made and when prescriptions are taken. The base unit transmits data to a central source via telephone lines, for analysis of data for deviations from normal activity for a resident, such as failure to take a morning trip to the bathroom. The sensors also monitor room temperatures for dangerously hot or cold conditions.

Intel Reader, which is a hand-held product to convert printed text to digital text, then read it aloud to the user. It is designed for people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, or impaired vision. The reader includes a high-resolution camera to point and shoot text, and a processor to convert and read the text. The reader can be used with a Portable Capture Station that eases capturing large amounts of data from a chapter or entire book.

More information is available at careinnovations.com.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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