Health monitoring available on consumer devices

A new enhanced virtual care platform for home-based telehealth monitoring is now available on a wide range of Windows 7 compatible devices.

The Care Innovations Guide is offered by Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture between GE and Intel Corporation. It aims to support the independent living of elderly and chronically ill patients.

The Guide can be used for video-conferencing between nurse and patient, and for capturing biometric data to assist the management of long-term conditions. Devices running the Guide software can be connected to blood pressure monitors, blood glucose meters, pulse oximeters or weight scales.

With this system, healthcare providers have a choice of means by which to help their patients: biometric data collection, interactive patient sessions and multimedia educational content are all available on various consumer devices.

Giulio Fumagalli Romario, Chairman and MD of European homecare provider VIVISOL, the Guide’s first customer, said: “We selected the Guide for our patients who have just received a kidney transplant because it lets us provide them with the best possible care in their homes. With the Guide, we can give them a solution that keeps them connected to their care team outside of the hospital and in their own residences.”

“Our patients, carers and staff have been extremely positive about the use of the Guide and its ability to maintain and enhance relationships between care providers and those receiving care,” commented Anne Walton, Senior Community Nurse, NHS Central Lancashire. “The video-conferencing capability has been of a great benefit in achieving this as it allows the nursing team to actually see their patients and vice versa.

“In addition, the Guide has helped us utilize our resources in a different way and supports early detection, proactive intervention and the development of the patient’s understanding of their condition.”