Intel and GE form $250m alliance to develop home healthcare
6 April 2009
GE and Intel Corporation have entered into an alliance to market and
develop home-based health technologies that will help the elderly live
independently and patients with chronic conditions manage their care at
GE Healthcare will sell and market the Intel Health Guide, a care
management tool, launched last year, that is designed for healthcare
professionals who manage patients with chronic conditions (see bjhc&im
Intel launches first home device for personalised care).
GE Chairman of the Board and CEO Jeff Immelt and Intel President and
CEO Paul Otellini announced the alliance together with an investment of
more than $250 million over the next five years for the research and
product development of home-based health technologies.
Key elements of the announcement include:
- Global product research and development alliance:
GE Healthcare and Intel will work together, combining their
complementary skill sets and extensive research resources to
accelerate the innovation and commercialization of next-generation
home health technologies.
Both companies also plan to expand their current development
programs in home health and independent living technologies to
include new areas such as fall prevention, medication compliance,
sleep apnea, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and personal wellness
The combination of Intel's leading capabilities in ethnographic
research and technology development combined with GE's world-class
expertise and global distribution strengths in healthcare IT,
electronic medical records, critical care and passive monitoring is
a strong strategic fit.
- Commercial business agreement: GE Healthcare
will sell and market the Intel Health Guide, a personal health
system, in the United States.
GE Healthcare's capabilities in disease management, and its
distribution reach in the healthcare sector will help drive
understanding of the benefits of this innovative technology, which
includes patients' self-monitoring of health status and a direct
communications channel to healthcare professionals.
Immelt said, "Improving healthcare accessibility and reducing costs
are essential to economic recovery and growth. We think this partnership
offers the potential to lower costs by keeping people out of hospitals
while giving health professionals the data they need to deliver the best
possible care. Intel and GE share a vision to use technology to bring
effective healthcare into millions of homes and to improve the lives of
seniors and people with chronic illness. Together we can deliver
innovative products to serve this rapidly growing market."
Otellini commented, "Most of the healthcare discussions today focus
on the integration of more technology into traditional healthcare
settings. While those investments are necessary and will create a more
efficient healthcare system, it is not sufficient to meet the growing
needs that are about to impact a system that is already at a saturation
point. The GE and Intel partnership will not only help seniors and the
chronically ill, but will also take a giant step forward in changing how
healthcare is delivered."
GE and Intel are currently active in patient monitoring and home
health, with well-recognized brands and strong sector expertise:
- GE Quiet Care is a remote passive activity and behavioural
monitoring system for seniors, alerting caregivers to changes that may
signal potential health issues or emergency situations such as a fall or
emerging health problem. It is used primarily in assisted living
facilities across the United States. GE Healthcare also brings
significant capabilities in the development of products for critical
care patient monitoring, cardiac diagnostics, home respiratory care, and
healthcare IT such as electronic medical records and clinical decisions
- The Intel Health Guide is a comprehensive personal health system
combining an in-home patient device with an online interface to allow
clinicians to monitor patients in their homes and manage care remotely.
It received US FDA clearance for selling in the US last year. The
Health Guide includes vital sign collection, patient reminders and
communications tools such as videoconferencing and alerts.
brings its world-class know-how in the development of user-friendly
interfaces for high technology products and tools for online cognitive
assessment and social interaction, all of which will be vital to the
design of easy to use home-based health products.
Both companies recently announced their involvement in externally
funded independent living and home health research programs: GE
Healthcare is leading a consortium of private and public sector
organizations in a $5 million three-year home health research program
funded by the Hungarian government.
Intel and the Irish Development
Agency have established a $30 million TRIL Centre (Technology Research
for Independent Living), launched in 2007, bringing together world-class industry and
academic experts to research independent living technologies. Research
at the centre has already produced results. In 2008 the Centre launched
the BioMOBIUS Research Platform consisting of hardware, sensors,
software, services and a graphical development environment, that enable
engineers to rapidly develop solutions for biomedical research.
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