November 2006

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Now healthcare through mobiles

Intel, in collaboration with Austin-Texas based Motion Computing, plans to launch a mobile technology platform to improve patient safety. The new technology will simplify work for the clinicians– doctors and nurses- who will be provided with slates called mobile clinical assistants for recording vital signs, medication and progress notes of their patients. These will be available by the first half of 2007.

According to the vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Health Group, Louis Burns, the platform and slate are “designed specifically to address the unmet need of nurses and physicians working on the front line of patient care.” Motion Computing is working with Intel because it closely aligns with its tablet PC and healthcare industry expertise.

A unique feature of the prototype slate is an exterior casing that can be wiped clean with a disinfectant. “That is a must in preventing infections as the device travels with the clinician from room to room, and a big improvement from placing a device in a Ziplock bag to
keep it infection free’, said Ray Askew, marketing manager for Intel’s health group. The slate has been designed strong enough to withstand a drop to the floor.

The mobile clinical assistants were pilot tested at El Camino Hospital in California. They will be further tested in other sites throughout the country.

A private healthcare network to be available soon
eNotes Systems, Inc. announced to make available the world’s first Medical Information and Interactive Video Consultations between healthcare professionals and patients. The network will allow for the safe transmission of critical medical data, as well as secure, real-time, interactive video consultations between healthcare professionals and doctors and patients.

eNotes has entered into a partnership with Jump Communications for this initiative. This joint enterprise will lead to the introduction of the first above technology to the telemedicine sector and is characterised by its proprietary hardware-based video compression algorithms; the simultaneous delivery and receipt of video at a constant 30 frames per second. Clients will be offered a private network to ensure secured transmission. Patients will be able to remain in the healthcare center, where they are comfortable. At the same time they will be able to obtain the expertise of an off-site medical expert without the need to travel. On the other hand, physicians will be able to examine patients online, they will also be able to store and forward consultations, procedures, and medical information for reference and learning.

Partnership to implement patient-centric health care model
Geisinger Health System and IBM Corporation have collaborated  to create a technology and data infrastructure to build the foundation for “21st century patient-centered care.” The aim of this venture is to improve patient outcomes and provide more personalised care
and information, helping patients and doctors in turn, to make better assessment. 

The firm’s intent is to put into operation a clinical decision intelligence system (CDIS) which uses the health system’s repository of clinical data derived from its decade-long use of electronic health record systems. It will also utilise open standard-based technology and other techniques that will lead to quick analysis and reporting of vital insights from millions of patient encounters.

Geisinger will also collaborate with the IBM Research Healthcare and Life Sciences Institute for identifying and implementing innovative healthcare projects and solutions.

Collaborative health network on the anvil
Accenture and SAP have entered into agreement to jointly develop a collaborative health network (CHN) solution. The network will help health-care organisations improve patient care. The CHN solution is designed to help the industry enhance quality of care, and control healthcare costs by providing an infrastructure to link a range of information which are accessible quickly by various users. 
The solution will be available by the mid 2007.

Ken Lacey, global managing partner of Accenture’s Health & Life Sciences practice remarked, “As the industry moves into the digital age, healthcare organisations must streamline their approaches to information sharing by collaborating and organising around patient needs.” He also added, “By combining our strengths, SAP and Accenture will provide a key component to support the level of collaboration necessary to improve the accessibility, quality and affordability of healthcare.”

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