After more than three years of collaboration, Intel has launched the first of its digital health products based on its new healthcare platform, MCA, in London.
The Motion C5 mobile clinical assistant, developed in conjunction with Motion Computing and in consultation with healthcare professionals around the world, is a tablet computer designed to give urses (or clinicians) realtime access to patient information and allows them to document a patient's condition instantly, enhancing clinical workflow while reducing administrative tasks.
Some of the C5's features designed to aid nurses include wireless connectivity to access up-to-the-minute patient information and physician's orders; RFID for quick, easy and hands-free log-on; a digital camera to enhance patient charting and track progress; and bluetooth technology to help capture patients' vital signs.
Mike Bainbridge, senior clinical architect, NHS Connecting for Health, says the C5 ushers in a new era in healthcare.
"This technology has been designed from the ground up," says Bainbriedge. "It is not a reworking of current technology; it is a new category specially putting together features that real clinicians need in order to practice better.
"The needs of the medical profession are so different from banking, from home computing," he says. "These devices are revolutionary."
While a prototype of the C5 was demonstrated at IDF Spring last year, Bainbridge says that the concept of the device goes back further.
"We gave a feature set to Intel about three years ago, and for the past 18 months have been partnering with them closely," he says. "The result is the new version – the C5 – that you see today. It's available and will be working in the very near future.
"We're giving clinicians the correct tools for the job," Bainbridge says. "It is going to make a significant difference to the way medicine is practiced in the next two years."
Pat Perry, vice-president: digital health group and GM: health information technology at Intel, hints that the C5 is the first of many developments Intel has for the healthcare industry.
"I feel that we're starting to make a difference in healthcare," she says. "This is just the first. I don't think there is any other profession that deserves our help more than the nursing profession."