Intel launches IoT application for remote health care
Intel’s new IoT offering provides connectivity to health care metrics like blood pressure, glucose monitors and pulse oximeters
Firming up vertical focus, Intel launched its Health Application Platform, dubbed Intel HAP, which is an application software platform that can be used by remote health care solution providers to enable a wide range of remote usage models.
Intel said managing patients with serious or chronic conditions with remote care has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by 40% and readmission rates by 75%, and lower U.S. employer health care costs by as much as $6 billion annually.
Intel has collaborated with intelligent solutions provider Flex in order to make the new platform available to health care solution providers. The latter firm collaborated with Intel to create an IoT compute engine offering a connected edge device that provides wireless connectivity to verified peripherals like blood pressure and glucose monitors, pulse oximeters, and weight scales, among others. This solution will enable health care solution providers to bring transformative remote care solutions to market, Intel said.
“Once configured by the health care solution provider, solutions based on the IoT compute engine can work right out of the box. After receipt from their care provider, the equipment can simply be plugged in by patients and their families to get it up and running. Its interactive and intuitive user interface automatically displays a notice so users know when the battery needs charging,” Intel said in a release.
The solution also ensures data security both at the hardware and software levels, Intel said. Also, hospitals and physicians will be able to retain ownership of the data that can be stored in and accessed through legacy infrastructure.
“Intel is pursuing many efforts in the health care space, ranging from the IoT edge to the data center and cloud. By focusing on better management and use of data, Intel is helping the health care industry improve care cost, quality and access by delivering care that is more personal, distributed and collaborative,” the company said.