GE Healthcare invests $3 million in Ireland's TRIL Centre for aging design research

GE Healthcare announced this morning a $3 million partnership with the TRIL (Technology Research for Independent Living) Centre in Dublin to help expand their work in technology and design for home health.  TRIL is a research initiative founded in January 2007 by Intel and the IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) to research the physical, cognitive and social consequences of aging and to design technologies that address them.  The TRIL Center works in home-based behavioral assessments of ‘markers’ (gait changes, speech) and to apply technology in support of positive interventions.  This is the second GE Healthcare-supported international research initiative for home-based health (the first was with the Hungarian government in late 2008); undoubtedly the GE QuietCare telecare system as well as the Intel Home Health Guide (co-marketed with GEHC in US and UK) will be part of TRIL’s research. News release (PDF)