From talking robots to mobile apps that take some pain out of ER visits, health IT innovations abounded at Partners Healthcare's Connected Health Symposium. Take a look.
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Independa's tablet-based Angela (as in angel) provides social engagement opportunities, as well as visual medication and appointment "Smart Reminders" for patients at home. Reminders are also available by phone or text messages, and the product includes a "Life Stories" feature for sharing memories.
Angela, part of Independa's expanding suite of integrated telecare tools, is intended to provide real-time virtual care to help elderly people continue living safe and healthy lives in the comfort of home, while informing and engaging family caregivers regardless of their location.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?