Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Intel platform aids remote care providers

Steve Rogerson
October 25, 2017



Intel has launched an application software platform that can be used by remote care providers to enable various remote health care usage models. The HAP health application platform addresses critical issues for adopting remote care by helping providers deliver a wide variety of services securely.
 
Remote patient care encompasses care modalities that are provided to a patient outside of a clinical setting. The advent of the IoT has been a huge boon to the health care industry, and remote care is one of the biggest breakthrough advancements in modern health care delivery. Managing patients with serious or chronic conditions with remote care has been shown to reduce hospital admissions by 40 per cent and readmission rates by 75 per cent, and lower US employer health care costs by as much as $6bn annually.
 
Despite proven potential, remote care adoption still faces problems. Today, for example, patients are able check their blood pressure or glucose level from home via their smartphones or tablets and send it to their health care providers for periodic evaluation. While more convenient for patients, general-purpose consumer devices, and even connected devices created for a specific health care usage, can become unstable or unreliable as operating systems or applications are updated. Health care providers, hospitals and physicians also grapple with incompatible technologies, stringent regulatory and compliance guidelines, issues of data security and privacy, and pressure to reduce costs.
 
The HAP addresses these issues across an always-connected and ever-expanding health care edge, and to any cloud. To make the platform readily available, Intel has collaborated with Flex to create an IoT compute engine offering an intelligent, connected edge device that provides wireless connectivity to verified peripherals such as blood pressure and glucose monitors, pulse oximeters, and weight scales. This will enable health care providers to bring transformative remote care to market.
 
Once configured by the health care provider, products 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. A bright light on the device confirms that data are being transmitted, allowing for hands-free use by users. It ensures data security both at the hardware and software levels. Additionally, hospitals and physicians will be able to retain ownership of the data that can be stored in and accessed through legacy infrastructure with their own compliance processes in place.
 
Intel is pursuing many efforts in the health care space, ranging from the IoT edge to the data centre and cloud. By focusing on better management and use of data, Intel says it is helping the health care industry improve care cost, quality and access by delivering care that is more personal, distributed and collaborative.