Mayo to Study Home Telehealth

Mayo Clinic will conduct a year-long telehealth study to assess if use of patient monitoring devices in the home can reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

The clinic, with partner GE Healthcare, will implement the Intel Health Guide devices of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel Corp. in the homes of 200 older, high-risk patients who receive care at Mayo's facilities in Rochester, Minn. Patients on a daily basis will measure such vital signs as blood pressure, pulse and weight, and respond to questions specific to their condition.

Each patient's primary care physician and clinician team at Mayo will have secure Web access to the data. The Health Guide device also enables videoconferencing so clinicians can assess patients for signs and symptoms suggesting deterioration in their condition.

Waukesha, Wis.-based GE Healthcare resells the Health Guide device and its relationship with Mayo spawned the idea of a study. GE Healthcare and Intel aligned in April 2009 to invest more than $250 million over five years for development of next-generation home health technologies.

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