Care Innovations, an Intel/GE joint venture, has rolled out a telehealth platform to boost remote communications between patients and doctors on multiple consumer devices.
Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel and GE
Health Care, has launched a commercial version of the Intel-GE Care Innovations
Guide, a telehealth platform that provides patients with portability while
receiving remote care from physicians on multiple commercial
off-the-shelf products, including desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablets and
"What we've done with the COTS [commercial off-the-shelf] offering
is create literally thousands of platforms that the software can run
Hooper, Care Innovations' marketing manager for disease management,
"Because the Guide software on the patient side is on an off-the-shelf device, it allows them portability in and around their
surroundings, so they're not tethered to a single device that sits on a table
all the time," Hooper explained. "They can move around with the
device or even outside the home with the device and still maintain connectivity
with that data center on the back end, thus their care providers."
It enables an interactive exchange between doctor and patient. Among the chronic conditions doctors can monitor using the Guide
include COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), CHF (chronic heart failure) and diabetes, according to Hooper.
Announced on May 2, Care Innovations Guide incorporates elements of the Intel Health Guide, which previously offered the PHS6000
in-home telehealth device and Health Care Management Suite.
The product will be sold to various types of health care
organizations, from physicians and long-term care agencies to health
"The industry must evolve to a state of virtual care
coordination, an interactive endeavor that transforms the way that
patients, clinicians and technology interact, and commercial
availability of the next-generation Guide is a critical step in
Louis Burns, chief executive officer of Care Innovations, said in a
Meanwhile, telehealth provider Virtual Health
begun using the Care Innovations Guide to allow seniors and high-risk
mothers to access health and wellness services remotely through a
"We believe personalization is the key to engaging patients in their care," Bradford Perkins, founder of Virtual Health, said
in a statement. "We chose the Guide above other options due to its patient-engagement
capabilities, integrated video conferencing options, flexible form factors and
open platform to personalize care for each population. The combination of state-of-the-art
technology and a responsive national care network addresses a huge need that we
see daily in both our professional and personal lives."
The Guide application is available solely on Windows 7 devices, but Care Innovations is evaluating the possibility of additional
"We're continuing to evaluate all of the other devices on the marketplace," Hooper said. "But our initial offering is on any
Windows 7-based platforms."
The service can be used with devices that have an SD slot, and
patients can communicate with doctors using a Webcam. The Guide also
with medical devices such as blood pressure monitors, glucose meters,
pulse oximeters, peak flow meters and weight scales.
It features a six-button interface that allows patients to interact with physicians and view their biometric data, Hooper said.
Meanwhile, Care Innovations' Virtual Care Suite will allow
clinicians' to manage their workflow and the various devices connecting
Guide. In addition, Virtual Care integrates data from Guide telehealth
interactions into patients' EHRs (electronic health records).
Launched on Jan. 3, Care Innovations combines products from GE
Healthcare's Home Health division and Intel's Digital Health Group
on elder care and people living with chronic conditions.