HIMSS conference: Robots, wearables and the future of healthcare

Investors, entrepreneurs and physicians at HIMSS tried to see the future through a stethoscope.

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Telehealth was a big factor. Also what to do with patient generated data.

“The ‘quantified self’ movement has created millions and billions of data points around consumer health that just didn’t exist a while ago,“ he said. “I think we’re finding that as consumers are becoming more influential in the healthcare system, a lot of the traditional B2B players in the markets — whether that’s providers or insurance carriers — need to have a much more consumer-facing orientation.”

Meanwhile, Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas, is having success with self-serve check-in kiosks, said Theresa Meadows, the hospital and clinic system’s senior vice president and CIO, at another session. Users are cutting the time they spend in registration and are paying their fees on the spot, she said.

“Why shouldn’t the hospital be like that? Why shouldn’t you be able to register for your appointment online, show up to your organization, check in, pay your fee, and then go straight to the appointment?” she asked.

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