GE and Intel partner for home health initiative

By Mike Miliard
02:12 PM
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GE and Intel announced on Monday that they'll join forces on a new healthcare company focused on telehealth and independent living. The new company will combine assets of GE Healthcare's Home Health division and Intel's Digital Health Group, and will be owned equally by GE and Intel.

Pending regulatory and other customary closing conditions, the joint venture is expected to become operational by the end of the year. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The new venture builds on the GE-Intel healthcare alliance announced in April 2009, brought about in the hopes of using technology to bring more effective healthcare into millions of homes and to improve the lives of seniors and people with chronic conditions. With the dramatic increase of people living with chronic conditions, and a global aging population, the partnership aims to find new models of healthcare delivery and extend care to residential settings.

"New models of care delivery are required to address some of the largest issues facing society today, including our aging population, increasing healthcare costs and a large number of people living with chronic conditions," said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. "We must rethink models of care that go beyond hospital and clinic visits, to home and community-based care models that allow for prevention, early detection, behavior change and social support. The creation of this new company is aimed at accelerating just that."

Once formed, the new company will develop and market products, services and technologies that promote healthy, independent living at home and in assisted living communities around the world. It will focus on three major segments: chronic disease management, independent living and assistive technologies. GE Healthcare and Intel will contribute assets in remote patient monitoring, independent living concepts and assistive technologies, such as the Intel Health Guide, Intel Reader and GE Healthcare's QuietCare.

"Controlling healthcare costs while bringing quality care to an increasingly aging population is one of the largest global challenges we face today," said Jeff Immelt, GE chairman and CEO. "We think this joint venture will offer great potential to address these challenges by improving the quality of life for millions while lowering healthcare costs through new technology. This new company is the next step forward in a healthcare partnership that combines the complementary expertise and capabilities of GE and Intel to accelerate the development of innovative home health technology."

Under the terms of the agreement, the new company will combine an experienced team, home health assets, technology development, products, sales and marketing. With the combined talent, capabilities and capital sharing, the new company will also provide the focus required to speed innovation and delivery of products to market.

The new company will have headquarters in the greater Sacramento, Calif., area. Louis Burns, currently vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Health Group, will be CEO of the new company, and Omar Ishrak, senior vice president of GE and president and CEO, GE Healthcare Systems, will be chairman of the board.

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