Intel? Healthcare products? FDA market clearance?

Yes, it may seem odd to see one of Intel’s forthcoming products receive market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but that’s what we announced today. It’s pretty amazing to reach this milestone, particularly as we celebrate Intel’s 40th anniversary and are focusing on how technology can revolutionize the future of healthcare, among other industries.

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Given the FDA clearance, the team can now move into the next phase bringing to market the Intel Health Guide, a tool that can help healthcare professionals better manage care for their patients with chronic conditions. Intel engineers developed the hardware and the software for the device.

This is exciting news for me personally. I’ve been around the healthcare industry for my entire life. My dad is a surgeon, my mom is a nurse, and I have two sisters who are following in my mom’s footsteps. My brother and I chose different paths and I’ve personally been in the tech industry now for 8 years. My family often talks about how there are numerous and tremendous opportunities for technology to help improve how healthcare is provided and better managed at home, particularly as the baby boomer generation gets older.

Intel has been focused in the healthcare industry for many years and has been focused recently on helping implement new standards and form industry alliances like Continua to ensure that in-home and personal health devices are interoperable and is doing extensive research with other groups including the Irish government through the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) centre on how technology can help the aging population live more independent lives while still closely managing their healthcare. Last month, in collaboration with the National Family Caregivers Association we also unveiled the ConnectingForCare.com site, the first online community of its kind developed to connect the more than 50 million caregivers in the U.S., giving them a place to share information and provide emotional support.

The increased collaboration between the healthcare and tech industries in recent years not only gives my family more to discuss and debate during vacations and holiday dinners, it also gives me tremendous hope for my family members and friends battling various chronic diseases whose lives and health could potentially be improved with more remotely managed care from the home.

I had the chance to sit down with Mariah Scott in Intel’s Digital Health Group. Mariah’s team is responsible for brining the Intel Health Guide to market and getting the FDA market clearance was a major step in this process. Check out this video interview with Mariah to hear more and see how the Intel Health Guide works. The device is expected to be in market in the U.S. and the U.K. toward the end of this year or early next year.

5 Responses to Intel? Healthcare products? FDA market clearance?

  1. Interesting move by Intel into the healthcare sector. While the Health Guide does look like a good product, what I have yet to see from Intel is any articulation as to how this new device will interact/interface and be interoperable with existing systems now in use, e.g., physician EMR systems and their existing physician-patient communication platforms. A longer discussion on the Health Guide can be found over at http://www.chilmarkresearch.com

  2. Kari Aakre says:

    Thanks for the comment, John. We agree with you that integration and interoperability is critical and it’s something that we’re actively working on. We’re still in the pilot stages for this product and while receiving FDA market clearance was a major milestone in getting the Intel Health Guide into the market, we still have more work to do. Please stay tuned and keep the comments and questions coming!

  3. Dr.B.John says:

    its a great move by Intel to get into this healthcare space. as a doctor-analyst, i can certainly see the potential benefits of the health guide, both to the industry and the consumer. i guess cross platform operability and other enhancements will come sooner or later, but this is really a landmark product. just shows the huge potential technology has got in transforming healthcare practices and delivery.

  4. Kari Aakre says:

    @finid — The embedded operating system in the Intel Health Guide is Windows XP Embedded.