Mayo to conduct home-monitoring study

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 8, 2010

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The Mayo Clinic has teamed with GE and Intel to conduct a year-long study of home monitoring devices to see how they affect hospitalizations and emergency department visits.

The study will include 200 Mayo patients in the Rochester, Minn., area who are older than 60 and considered high risk. On a daily basis, patients will measure vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse and weight and respond to questions specific to their conditions. The data then will be reviewed by clinical care teams working with the patients' primary care practitioners. The technology also will include videoconferencing so that the team can assess a patient's symptoms. The goal is to provide early intervention before the patient is forced to visit the emergency department or become hospitalized.

GE and Intel jointly announced that they will invest $250 million over the next five years to research and develop home-monitoring products and technologies.

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