Health Application Platform, Intel’s new IoT platform, is designed to take remote care beyond consumer devices. Based on Flex hardware, the new platform allows for patient monitoring without needing a smart device like tablets or smartphones.
Better yet, together with the hardware interface, it has been specifically designed to address certain cybersecurity issues that consumer devices were simply unable to, according to Intel.
Dave Ryan, Intel’s GM of Healthcare IoT, mentioned the following shortcomings of smartphone patient monitoring apps that have been identified:
- Turnover in SKUs
- Short lifetime
- Consumer device could be taken away or misplaced
- Android updates could kill the monitoring software
One of the unique advantages of HAP is that it provides a stable software environment. This means no more disruptive software updates. As this is still an Android solution, it’s relatively simple to connect it to other devices like blood pressure monitors, for example.
According to Ryan, however, the vulnerable ports and systems that tend to be open to attack on a typical consumer device, are closed on HAP. Furthermore, the device includes additional cybersecurity features like encryption of data at rest.
Among its other interesting features is the function that allows a remote care company to gather data directly from sensors. From there, the data can be stored directly on the company’s, or the customer’s, cloud through a secure connection. Additionally, the platform will only connect to whitelisted devices.
In order to deploy the new product, Intel and Flex are already working with several health care companies such as Vivify Health and iHealth Labs.