Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel’s digital health group, on Wednesday demonstrated a mobile point-of-care platform designed specifically to help the healthcare industry deliver better services at lower cost.
Intel’s mobile clinical assistant platform — the outcome of hospital workflow studies, nurse and physician interviews, and ethnographic research — focuses on the needs of healthcare providers to enhance patient safety, reduce medication-dispensing errors and ease staff workloads.
A Basis for New Products
In addition, the platform could provide the basis for products offering such features as an exterior casing that can be wiped clean with disinfectant; radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for rapid user and patient identification; and barcode scanning to help reduce medication-dispensing errors.
“To improve the quality of healthcare and staff workflow, the most critical task is to deliver the right information to the point of decision, which is most often at the patient’s bedside,” Burns said, adding that Intel designed the mobile clinical assistant platform in collaboration with the people who need access to up-to-the-minute patient care records the most: nurses and physicians.
Motion Computing, a leading slate tablet PC provider, will be the primary original equipment manufacturer to introduce first generation of products based on Intel’s new platform in the first half of next year.
Healthcare makes up almost half of Motion’s business and is the company’s primary focus.
“Motion is excited to be the first to collaborate with Intel on the creation of this new category,” said Scott Eckert, Motion Computing’s chief executive officer.
Intel intends to work with other healthcare industry suppliers, such as electronic medical records software vendors, to further develop products and refine applications based upon the mobile clinical assistant platform.