Intel Health Guide gets FDA approval

14 Jul

Intel takes steps to improve patient health by gaining FDA approval for the “Intel Health Guide”, an 8 lb. unit that operates as a personal health management system at home and runs the equivalent of portal software to access various functions. Patients interface with the unit via a touch screen interface. Its goal is to improve doctor patient communications by prompting and encouraging patients to take their medications even going so far as to send inspirational messages to patients.

I think this is certainly a novel idea but would require an ubiquitious network infrastructure or cellular network to operate easily and reliably. Moving the management of health care to the patients will certainly go a lot further to reduce the already high costs of healthcare. Intel expects the Heath Guide to become commercially available from health care providers either late 2008 or early 2009. More information and a video can be found here.

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