Intel Corp. joined the online social networking community with a site for caregivers to share their healthcare experiences.
The computer-chip giant launched ConnectingForCare.com for family caregivers, nurses, social workers and other providers to join forums, research and discuss health topics, and share stories about patients. Users can also develop their own personal profiles on the site to join networks based on their specific interests or needs, Intel said in a news release.
Intel, which has focused on using research and technology to improve care for the aging and chronically ill patients, developed the site in collaboration with the National Family Caregivers Association. The goal is to improve communication among health professionals and family caregivers, who provide 80% of long-term care for chronically ill family members, according to the association. Caregivers are often the primary providers of this care, so it is crucial that we work to establish better lines of communication between all members of the care team, said Suzanne Mintz, president and co-founder of the association, in a written statement.