Big Tech is pushing into health care, believing it has what the industry needs to deal with spiraling costs, lousy service and quality problems. Or maybe it’s just bellying up to get a slice of the $2.5 trillion pie.
Google jumped in with a personal health record and a totally cool flu tracker. Microsoft is piloting its own personal health record with Cleveland Clinic. Apple has iPhone aps that help physicians access drug information and play bingo during Grand Rounds.
Those Big Tech entries created quite a splash, but as for Intel’s first health care gambit, well not so much. That would be the Mobile Clinical Assistant, Intel’s tablet PC that supports point-of-care documentation, order entry and practice management for physicians.
The MCA is marketed by Motion Computing. It is a solid, useful product but so far it hasn’t prompted the addition of extra shifts back where the chips get made, so now Intel is rolling out Health Guide, a personal health record allowing patients and providers to co-manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, COPD and heart failure.
Health Guide combines an in-home patient device and an online interface that permits clinicians to monitor patients and manage care remotely. The system enables vital sign collection, patient reminders, surveys, video conferencing and educational content. It is being piloted in the US and Europe.
“Intel believes the personal healthcare marketplace is a multibillion dollar green field opportunity,” said Eric Dishman, global director of product research and innovation at Intel’s Digital Health Group.
It’s late, but what the heck. Come join the party!