Everybody’s a Doctor Now!
Intel in a box or Intel in your shorts?
CnnMoney.com reports today that Intel hopes for healthy growth in medical devices.
America's middle class is disappearing along with access to healthcare, and in its wake is the Neo- Have/Have-Not push by elites to segregate the growing underclass from access to coveted, premiere medical care in America. So far, it is working out just fine.
As president-elect Barack Obama shunned a patient friendly Single Payer healthcare model in favor of supporting busine$$ and profits for insurance and technology company executives instead, it is no wonder companies like Intel are barreling ahead with plans to sell its “Intel Health Care Management Suite” to health care organizations. Touted as a “comprehensive online data-collection system for health care organizations, the Intel Health Guide PHS6000 device is intended for patients themselves to operate, not experienced clinicians visiting the homebound as previously speculated.”
Should corporations like Intel profit on being inside your medical care? “Yes!” says the Oregon chip maker. The chipmaker today launched a patient monitoring device and online interface to connect doctors and their patients remotely. Although this technology is touted as a “monitoring device” and is not meant to be a substitute for a trip to the ER, I do have to wonder if Dick Cheney undergoes remote medical service, or if Barack Obama and his family will forgo 1:1 medical attention.
During this unprecedented economic downturn where over fifty million people in America do not have access to healthcare/ insurance with unlimited and increasing millions expected to join the legions of the uninsured, it is hardly questionable as to Intel ‘s motivation to monitor the sick by selling devices that will remove the majority from the coveted 1:1 doctor:patient model of healthcare that elites will continue to enjoy.
“While many see health care moving into the home through technology, it seems like Intel knows government approval alone will not convince people to trust a tech company to dispense medical advice.”
Although this is a huge profit market that Intel has sought to penetrate for years, the model has yet to gain traction and is awaiting market approval, as trials with U.S. with Aetna, Erickson Retirement Communities, Providence Medical Group in Oregon and SCAN Health Plan are underway.
What will all of this “home monitoring” substitution for real visits to/from a specialist provide when non-medically trained individuals are forced to “monitor” themselves with such devices? How many healthcare jobs for American citizens are poised to disappear with the emergence of such devices? Where will these devices be manufactured and what volume of depleting natural resources will they consume? Many questions surround for-profit technologies and solutions that seek to remove the majority of patients from direct 1:1 contact with their physicians -- particularly those which put the overwhelming majority of non-medically trained patients “in-charge of monitoring” their own health with devices that, like most devices, not only are prone to glitches, but are a poor substitute for 1:1 onsite medical diagnosis and care that reputable physicians provide.
This emerging corporate welfare queen model/union of technology and insurance industry for-profit "solutions" like Intel's are positioned to further define the 21st Century's Have/Have-Not divide of hoarding profits for the elitist few at the expense of the many. But the impetus behind the collaboration between insurance and technology corporations is clear -- wild profits off the growing underclass hordes who are slated to be deprived of superior 1:1 medical care.
For now, I’ll put my trust in Single Payer (a hopeless dream with the Obama plan) a cellphone with 911 programmed into it and my doctor’s office phone number any day.