GE and Intel Partner on Telehealth

G.E. and Intel Working on Remote Monitors to Provide Home Health Care

Two of the nation’s technology giants, General Electric and Intel, are joining forces to try to cash in on the trend of delivering more health care outside hospitals and doctors’ offices.

The companies, in a partnership announced on Thursday, plan to spend $250 million jointly in the next five years on research and development of health technologies to let doctors remotely monitor, diagnose and consult with patients in their homes or assisted-living residences.

Both companies have fledgling offerings in the field of telehealth, as it is known, and home health monitoring. Intel has just introduced a special-purpose computer with two-way video capability, which is linked over the Internet to a doctor, nurse or physician assistant, called Intel Health Guide.

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European Commission Telemedicine Survey

The EC is asking telemedicine experts to contribute to a survey of Telemedicine for Chronic Care:

The European Commission (EC) invites experts in the field of telemedicine to respond to a short online questionnaire designed to collect information on the role of innovative technologies for chronic disease management. The answers will help structure the TeleHealth 2007 conference (Brussels, Belgium, 11 December 2007) and will influence the way in which national problems will be addressed.

The online questionnaire should be completed by October 26, 2007 and is available at: ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch

The TeleHealth 2007 conference will provide a platform for exchanging experiences and discussing the reasons why telemedicine is not yet as developed as it should be. The EC aims to propose concrete actions and solutions at a European level. Purely national issues, e.g. those related to specific national legislation, will not be addressed; the conference will focus on issues common to several Member States or related to cross-border activities and that would benefit from a European slant.

The answers to the questionnaire and the outcome of the conference will help build the EC Communication on ‘telemedicine and innovative technologies for chronic disease management’ planned for October 2008. This communication will be the culmination of a process starting with the current consultation aiming at gathering expertise in all Member States.

Registration for the TeleHealth 2007 is available at: ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/ict_psp/cf/telehealth_2007/