Intel Corp., the world’s biggest semiconductor maker, has lately unveiled a tablet computer for health-care workers, the first product in an effort to get its microprocessors into medical information systems. Intel Chief Executive Officer, Paul Otellini demonstrated the computer at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.It is designed to help doctors and nurses update medical records as they care for patients.
Otellini’s push into the medical field is a part of a broader plan to expand the uses of his company’s chips. In January 2005, he reorganized the company into groups based on the usage of its products, creating divisions such as Digital Health and Digital Home. “It’s a giant opportunity”, said Otellini.
Intel developed the new personal computer called a mobile clinical assistant (MCA) with Austin, Texas-based Motion Computing Inc. Hospitals and health-care companies helped with the project.
The machine has radio-frequency identification, which lets it wirelessly recognize patients using tags containing chips. It can link wirelessly to centrally stored patient records, and a digital camera allows it to track patents’ treatments by taking their pictures over time.