Emerging technologies take on patient engagement
Many patients aren't waiting for hospitals to give them better access to their health data. They are starting to seize control of it on their own steam.
Will hospitals be ready?
One way to find out is to visit the Connected Patient Gallery on the HIMSS15 exhibit floor, a showcase for many of the new and cool devices and mobile apps available to healthcare patients.
“The gallery is a place where attendees can learn about the latest patient technologies hands-on,” says Mary Griskewicz, senior director of healthcare information systems at HIMSS
That includes demoing popular apps such as iTriage but is not limited to software or even mobile devices.
Last year, for example, attendees were able to try a “smart chair” designed to eliminate wait time in medical offices. Sit down and it measures your weight, oxygen level, and blood pressure — all before you even see your healthcare provider.
“Those kinds of technologies — the cool, new and emerging — can really promote patient engagement,” Griskewicz says.
The Connected Patient Gallery will also feature information kiosks for show partners and an education theater with seating where attendees can view live presentations.
Among those scheduled to speak are Dr. Jonathan Wald, director of patient-centered technologies for RTI International and Jan Oldenburg, senior manager at Ernst & Young. They are the chair and vice chair, respectively, of the HIMSS Connected Patient Committee.
The content and demonstrations planned for the gallery are focused around four areas: 1) Overall health and health management 2) In-home technology for health and wellness 3) Using technology to change patient behavior, and 4) Helping patients with financial management.
Griskewicz adds that the overarching theme of connected patients and the gallery is “how information technologies can be used where folks live, work, pray and play, to quote the former Surgeon General.”
You'll find the Connected Patient Gallery in the North Building, Hall B, Booth 8127.