Microsoft is developing yet another senior care technology option for healthcare providers to facilitate home healthcare and independent living through an intelligent system platform, which connects data, processes, and devices across internal departments and geographical boundaries.
Not only can the intelligent systems connect disparate data within hospitals and clinics, it can also enable healthcare providers allow their patients to live more independently—and remain at home—by helping patients monitor their health and automatically send information to providers.
A collaboration among Microsoft’s Windows Embedded team, Microsoft Innovation Center in Torino, Italy, Microsoft HealthVault, Freescale, and Kontron resulted in developing a system proof of concept that connects Freescale’s home health hub reference platform, FDA-certified panel PCs, servers, and in-home medical devices. Through the system, patients can automatically relay medical data from devices straight to physicians or family members via a cloud-based platform.
The system connects a touch-screen information display in the home with devices such as blood pressure monitors or glucose monitors, and medical data systems located in a hospital or physician’s office.
The physician can then review that information and provide feedback directly to the patient, including updating a prescription or giving advice on how to manage new symptoms. Additionally, family members and/or caregivers can access that shared information through HealthVault on a Windows phone or other Internet-enabled mobile device, allowing them to stay connected and keep track of their loved ones’ health even if they can’t be physically present.
“It’s important to solve the problem of assisted living,” says Fabrizio Dominici, head of the Microsoft Innovation Center in Torino. “This project tries to create a bridge between people with medical problems at home and the hospital where the doctor is located. From our point of view, this is a perfect scenario for an intelligent system.”
“This project can have an impact on people’s lives,” he continues. “Not only in healthcare but in energy—with the same technologies, we can help people at home in many situations.”
Written by Alyssa Gerace