Intel-GE Care Innovations introduces Health Harmony telehealth system

11 November 2014 (Last Updated November 11th, 2014 18:30)

Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel and GE Healthcare, has launched its latest telehealth technology system, Health Harmony.

Intel-GE Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel and GE Healthcare, has launched its latest telehealth technology system, Health Harmony.

Health Harmony simplifies remote patient monitoring by offering intuitive and easy-to-use technology, enabling patients, clinicians, care providers and family caregivers to collaborate for better care in the home and within normal daily routines.

The system connects and engages patients, their families and clinicians through an easy-to-use interface, where they can share health data, educational information, and best practices customised to individual situations.

Care Innovations chief executive officer Sean Slovenski said: "Today, much of the care delivered post-discharge in the home is fraught with issues of compliance and medication adherence.

"Patients and caregivers receive interactive, evidence-based educational content and securely send vital signs and other health information to clinicians."

"Care that is facilitated by a family caregiver is proven to be more effective than without a caregiver.

"Studies show caregivers can play a vital role in ensuring their loved one's health improves when moving from the hospital to the home if they have the right information at the right time to help their loved one."

The company said when patients and their caregivers are trained to take a more active role during care transition from the hospital to the home, patients had lower rehospitalisation rates, compared to the control group without intervention at 30 days and at 90 days.

Health Harmony is designed to help improve the patient's health, while also simplifying the life of a family caregiver, keeping the patient at home where they want to be most.

Through the system, patients and caregivers receive interactive, evidence-based educational content and securely send vital signs and other health information to clinicians.

This remote patient monitoring platform allows for the interaction of family caregivers to monitor health status, and access valuable stress-relief and nutritional advice to manage the daily challenges of caregiving and their own health.

It also makes it simple for providers to engage patients in their homes by including consumer-friendly technologies, such as iHealth and Lively.

These technologies help in capturing daily vitals data, subjective health assessment questionnaires, and other information needed to manage care plans, medication adherence, and remain on top of patients' changing health.