The Mayo Clinic will conduct a telehealth initiative to study to the care and cost benefits of in-home monitoring of patients with chronic diseases. They are partnering with GE Healthcare to implement Intel’s home monitoring technology Intel Health Guide.
During the year-long study 200 high-risk patients over the age of 60 with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure, lung disease, will use a medical monitoring device to take their vitals: blood pressure, weight, sugar levels and peak air flow. This information is collected in a central database at the Mayo Clinic where the patient’s primary medical team will have secure web access. Clinicians will also be able to use the videoconferencing system to observe and communicate with their patients.
Last year GE Healthcare and Intel formed a partnership to work together to develop and market home-based telehealth technologies. The companies are expected to invest more than $250 million over the next 5 years.