GE Healthcare and Intel expand Intel Health Guide marketing agreement to United Kingdom

Chalfont St. Giles 05 January 2010GE Healthcare, a unit of GE, and Intel Corporation have expanded their sales and marketing agreement for the Intel Health Guide to include the United Kingdom. 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 health care sector in the United Kingdom 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 health care professionals.

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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 3000 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 (Improving chronic disease management, Department of Health, 2004), 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 behavioural 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 health care 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 programmes underway in the United Kingdom to assess how the Health Guide can improve care management models in the home.

quot;Both the Department of Health and the National Health Service are leading some very progressive policy development and pilot programmes in this area, and we hope that our Home Health business and expanded agreement with Intel into the United Kingdom will contribute to that", stated Agnes Berzsenyi, general manager of GE Healthcare's Home Health business. "The increasing cost and burden of chronic disease is a huge problem, but we believe new health technologies and new approaches to care will make a difference in the future. It's a perfect fit with GE's healthymagination initiative, which aims to develop innovations that improve access, increase quality and reduce the cost of health care."

Intel Digital Health Group's director of sales and marketing Mariah Scott stated: "We believe that shifting non-urgent care from the hospital to the home through technologies such as the Intel Health Guide is central to achieving a more personalized and cost-effective health care system. Intel has been working with PCTs, Health Trusts, carer organisations and policy makers in the United Kingdom to support the adoption of innovation in UK health care delivery and on a number of telehealth pilot schemes. The collaboration with GE Healthcare in the United Kingdom will bring improved understanding of this type of technology to a wider audience and increase the rate of adoption for telehealth systems as a method to help address chronic care challenges and bring benefits to patients and the NHS."

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Its broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help the customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost.

In addition, the company partners with health care experts, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable health care systems. GE's "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join the company on its journey as it continuously develops innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $17 billion unit of General Electric Company. Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46.000 people committed to serving health care professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. More company news is available in the VMW January 2010 article GE Healthcare to evaluate and develop novel imaging technology.

Intel, a world expert in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. More Intel news can be found in the VMW December 2009 article Intel announces increased momentum for personalized care management at home with the Intel Health Guide.


Source: Intel

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