Intel has announced the launch of its Intel Health Application Platform (Intel HAP), a new application software platform designed to be used by remote care solution providers to enable a variety of remote health care usage models.
Remote patient care encompasses a variety of care modalities that are provided to patients outside of clinical settings. The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) has enabled effective remote care for healthcare, and is one of the biggest breakthrough advancements in modern health care delivery. Managing patients with serious or chronic conditions with remote care has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by 40 percent and readmission rates by 75 percent, and lower U.S. employer health care costs by as much as $6 billion annually.
Remote care adoption still faces challenges, however, because even though it can be more convenient for patients, the devices created for specific health care uses can become unstable or unreliable as operating systems or applications are updated. Health care solution providers, hospitals and physicians also grapple with incompatible technologies, stringent regulatory and compliance guidelines, issues of data security and privacy, and pressure to reduce costs.
The Intel HAP is set to addresses these critical issues for adoption of remote care by enabling health care solution providers to securely deliver a wide variety of services across an always-connected and ever-expanding health care edge, and to any cloud, the company said. To make the Intel HAP platform readily available to solution providers, Intel has collaborated with Flex – an intelligent product solutions provider.
Flex reportedly collaborated with Intel to create an IoT compute engine offering an intelligent, connected edge device that provides wireless connectivity to verified peripherals like blood pressure and glucose monitors, pulse oximeters, weight scales and more. This solution will enable health care solution providers to bring transformative remote care solutions to market.
Once configured by the health care solution provider, the equipment can simply be plugged in by patients or their families to get it up and running. Its interactive and intuitive user interface automatically displays a notice so users know when the battery needs charging. A bright light on the device confirms that data is being transmitted, allowing for hands-free use by users. The solution ensures data security both at the hardware and software levels. Additionally, hospitals and physicians will be able to retain ownership of the data that can be stored in and accessed through legacy infrastructure with their own compliance processes in place.
Intel is pursuing many other efforts in the health care space, from the IoT edge to the data center and cloud. By focusing on better management and use of data, Intel is helping the health care industry improve care cost, quality and access by delivering care that is more personal, distributed and collaborative via the IoT.
Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.
Edited by Ken Briodagh