Some of you have seen the recent announcement and news coverage of a joint venture between Intel Corporation and GE, forming a new company focused on health and home care. The goal is to have the company working by the end of this year.
The stated vision of the joint venture is, “to use technology to bring more effective healthcare into millions of homes and to improve the lives of seniors and people with chronic conditions.” For those of us providing home care to seniors and others with medical conditions requiring help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), this is extremely welcome news. As we have talked about here before, while most home care companies are, by definition, providing non-medical care (help with bathing, dressing, mobility, toileting, transportation, homemaker services and so forth), one cannot really separate the medical and non-medical requirements of someone with Parkinson’s or MS or Alzheimer’s.
We consistently develop a Comprehensive Plan of Care when we work with clients — we wish every home care company did the same. The total universe of need must be comprehended by the folks who are providing care — medical or non-medical. Thus, we were delighted to see Intel’s CEO, Paul Otellini, expressing the goal in terms of, “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.”
We are especially excited because this new company will be headquartered in the greater Sacramento, California area, where we are based, and that the company will be headed by Louis Burns, who is now vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Health Group. Doug Busch, the Chief Technology Officer for Digital Health will also be part of the executive team. The co-owner of Support For Home In-Home Care and I have both had the privilege of working for Louis and Doug, when we were at Intel. If anyone can make this new venture a dramatic watershed in health at home and aging in place, these guys will.
We welcome the focus of these two major corporations on the issues of aging and home care / home health.
Best wishes, Bert