Home health-care devices help patients stay out of the hospital

Some devices are still undergoing market and clinical trials

Various technologies enable patients to exchange health information with caregivers. Patients can use a Health system to videoconference with health-care professionals and receive videos about diet and exercise. Patients can also attach a blood pressure cuff or other devices using a Bluetooth wireless link and relay vital signs to a nurse.

How it works: Various technologies enable patients to exchange health information with caregivers. Patients use the Intel Health Guide system to video conference with health-care professionals and receive videos about diet and exercise.

Patients can also attach a blood pressure cuff or other devices using a Bluetooth wireless link and relay vital signs to a nurse. T+ Medical offers more targeted products, such as a diabetes management program that runs on a cell phone and helps patients track and report blood glucose levels.

Who is doing it: Several health-care providers are testing or using these devices.

Meridian Health is testing the T+ device within its four New Jersey hospitals. It will also evaluate the Intel Health Guide to see how it compares with the Honeywell HomMed, a similar device that it has been using for two years.

A device like HomMed can reduce the number of times a cardiac patient has to be readmitted, from three times a year to once a year, says Sandra Elliott, Meridian's director of consumer technology and service development.

Growth potential: Hard to be sure, as some devices are still undergoing market and clinical trials. Much may also depend on insurance providers which, Elliott notes, are starting to provide reimbursements (most patients using home care devices today are on Medicare, so hospitals are reimbursed by the government).

Focusing on how visitors use your content is important, advises Cottay.

"Make sure your classification is specific enough that it can drive what you want, but flexible enough that it could grow as you understand more about your content," she says. In February, two months after the relaunch of HGTV.com, Cottay says visitor metrics are showing that users are spending more time on the site.

"Rate My Space" page views are up 75 percent since February 2008, making it one of the most active areas of the site.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags healthmedical devicese-health

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

James Niccolai

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?