GE Healthcare, a unit of GE and Intel Corporation have announced that they have expanded their sales and marketing agreement for the Intel Health Guide to include the United Kingdom(UK). GE Healthcare already markets the Intel Health Guide in the United States.
The Intel Health Guide is a care management tool designed for health care professionals who manage patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure. GE Healthcare’s capabilities in disease management, and its distribution reach in the healthcare sector in the UK 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.
This announcement further expands GE Healthcare’s Home Health business in the United Kingdom. Currently the company operates a successful home health business in the United States, providing technologies to help seniors live independently and patients with chronic diseases manage their conditions from their home. With 3,000 employees in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a world class provider of technologies for patient monitoring and diagnosis of disease, and has provided services to the NHS and the U.K. private health sector for more than 30 years. GE Healthcare’s Home Health business in the United Kingdom will be managed by Richard Rees-Davies.
The U.K. Department of Health estimates that in Great Britain up to 17.5 million adults and up to three-quarters of those over the age of 75 could be living with a chronic disease. By 2030, the department also estimates that the incidence of chronic disease in those over the age of 65 will more than double, creating an enormous and increasing burden for society. With the dramatic increase of people with chronic conditions and an aging population, there is a need to extend care from the hospital to the home.
Both GE and Intel are currently active in patient monitoring and home health, with well-recognized brands and strong sector expertise:
GE QuietCare® is a remote passive activity and behavioral monitoring system for the elderly, 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 support.
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. The Health Guide includes vital sign collection, patient reminders and communications tools such as video conferencing and alerts. Intel already has a number of pilot programs underway in the United Kingdom to assess how the Health Guide can improve care management models in the home.
Via GE Press release