In August 2009, Intel
announced that they were working together to form a healthcare alliance to develop and market hospital calibre technologies that can be brought into the home. Yesterday the result of the venture was launched in the form of company Care Innovations
, which aims to develop products to support the elderly still living at home or in aged care homes by monitoring their health remotely via teleheath, a market which Data Monitor
predicts will grow from $3 billion in 2009 to $7.7 billion in 2012.
Louis Burns, ceo of Care Innovations commented on the innovative model of healthcare: 'Our passionate leadership team and board of managers will help drive the business strategy necessary to improve quality of care and patient empowerment while helping reduce healthcare costs through new technologies'.
The move to electronic and remote health monitoring systems marks the wider trend of real-time data collection to improve the quality of our lives, what IBM
call 'Smarter Planets
'. On December 31st, IBM launched a public information management centre in Rio de Janeiro
dubbed 'Rio Operations Center
'. The system will grant the Mayor, Eduardo Paes
access to real-time information from across the city in the form of data visualisations, monitoring and analysis.
Information is currently available for forecasting floods and other natural related disasters but will soon extend to events such as the exiting of crowds from football stadiums. No doubt this will lead to even more aspects of the city being monitored as just a handful of topics covered by the IBM Smarter Planets initiative include transportation, sustainability and security - a particularly pertinent issue in Rio.