What is Intel doing in healthcare?

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I mean Intel by virtue of the fact that microprocessors are so much in the fabric of our everyday lives now, is in healthcare, right? We're in medical equipment, we're in PCs and smartphones that people are using to manage their own health and wellness. We're in the tablets that doctors and nurses are carrying around in clinics trying to capture data at the bedside, as opposed to use these racks and racks of paper charts which they can't find anything in.

So, just by the virtue of the fact that we, that microprocessors and personal computing has become personal and so ubiquitous we're in healthcare. But we're also in healthcare in another way, in that about 10 years ago, when I came to, I came to Intel 12 years ago, and I didn't come to work on health care.

It is really funny I actually came to work on digital entertainment and the future of music and television, and as social scientists we were, I was studying people, I was studying interaction. I was studying how people were interacting with music and television, and trying to anticipate where this digital world of entertainment was going to go, but when we went and talked and observed a lot of these households around the world, about 200 different households, some in Europe, some in the US, some in Latin America.

These families would say to us, I don't really just need another way to watch television, I need another way to take care of my aging parents or I need a way of taking care of my chronic conditions I've just gotten diabetes, and I don't have any tools to sort of help me manage that.

And that was like one of those curiosity moments, that was that sort of spidey-sense if you will and I starting going, Gosh! there's something there. We ought to go look at home health technologies and how could we use microprocessors and computing and sensing, and all of these technologies that we know are kind of coming and re-think the healthcare experience and shift the responsibility somewhat to patients, and empower people to be more in care of their own health, their own wellness in their own home environments, and how do we offload these expensive settings like hospitals and clinics, and sort of place shifts care to less expensive domains, which is where people want to be anyway, and a lot of it was rooted for us around independent living particularly for seniors given that global aging.

Demographers tell us that for the rest of human history, we're going to have more older people than younger people, and it's never been that way on the planet, again were not prepared for that. So, Intel 10 years ago gave me a small lab, we started studying the needs of seniors, and we started focusing on Alzheimer's because it's such a devastating disease, I'd been through it personally with my own family.

And we started looking at what are the ways in which ubiquitous computing technologies and personal health technologies over time could help prevent disease in the first place, so you never go to that hospital, do earlier detection, so you can intervene before it becomes painful and expensive.

How do you help family members be caregivers and part of their own care teams? And how do you help patients themselves be more proactive using technology and it's, I don't pretend to think that technology is some magic pill or answer to all of this, but it's got to be part of the equation going forward in how we manage health care for billions of people.