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Intel (India) develops remote health monitoring device

US microchip maker Intel is developing a technology to allow remote monitoring of a person’s health through signals from a hand held device. Intel’s Indian and US researchers have built a prototype which would alert a person carrying the wireless device, and doctors monitoring the person’s health, to any impending medical emergency.The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker’s research facility in Bangalore is playing a leading role in development of the system. Mobile health monitoring would cut costs and give access to preventive healthcare to under-served populations and rural communities, Rattner said. Bangalore known as India’s Silicon valley, is one of Intel’s 15 global research locations. The firm employs 3,000 people in the country, where it has invested more than $1 billion. The Bangalore facility is Intel’s largest non-manufacturing site outside the US. Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, and other international companies have set up research facilities in India to take advantage of plentiful engineering and scientific talent to develop products and services. Last year, the healthcare unit of General Electric unveiled a portable, battery-operated electrocardiograph that monitors heart functions and can be understood even by physicians who are not specialists in the field. The product will enable physicians to treat patients, particularly in rural areas, where two-thirds of India’s 1.1 billion population lives but lacks access to good medical facilities.

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