Make It Conversational

Transforming Digital Healthcare through the Power of Voice Assistants, Chat Bots, and Conversational Experiences.

Amazon Alexa is now HIPAA-Eligible. What's Next?

Apr 04, 2019 By Nate Treloar | President & COO at Orbita IN HIPAA, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN Voice Experiences, IN amazon

Big News, but Just the beginning

These days, big news stories in healthcare are just as likely to come from large technology companies as from major healthcare institutionsCase in point: In early 2018, Amazon created a huge stir in the industry earlby announcing a venture with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway that promised to go after the “hungry tapeworm” that is the cost of healthcare in...

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HIMSS19 – Consumer and Patient Engagement Need Voice Technology

Feb 21, 2019 By Kristi Ebong | SVP Corporate Strategy at Orbita IN connected health, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN smart speakers

Take-home pamphlets and regular physician check-ins have run their course in the history of patient engagement. These have long been the means of getting patients to invest in their own health journey. However, successful patient engagement plans must be forged in simplicity. And reading is no longer a simple thing to ask of patients. Fortunately, the tools are here to completely revamp the...

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Errant Alexa Communications Are Rare. The Benefit of Voice in Healthcare is Real

Jun 05, 2018 By Bill Rogers | CEO at Orbita IN HIPAA, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN Patient Engagement, IN Voice Experiences, IN Google Home, IN voice-first

Cell phone pocket calls occur every day, with the first “butt dial” likely happening shortly after the very first person thought it was a good idea to stuff his or her phone into a back pocket and sit.

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Leveraging Conversational Experiences to Address Aging-in-Place Needs of Older Adults

Mar 14, 2018 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN Caregivers, IN home care, IN Care, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Patient Engagement, IN Voice Experiences, IN voice-first, IN long-term care

Recently, Aging 2.0, a global network focused on a collaborative, lifestyle-oriented, opportunity-driven approach to aging, published information on eight areas that present the biggest challenges and opportunities for people to “age in place,” or stay in their homes as they get older.

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Why Voice? Why Now? Making the Case for Voice

Jan 17, 2018 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Voice Experiences, IN Google Home

Say this question to yourself: Why voice? There. In the less than one second it took you to say it, you’ve answered the question. In this blog post, we’ll dig into the question, the answer, and why we believe voice is quickly becoming the new touch -- the next major interface.

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Voice Assistants Working with Mobile Apps

Jul 06, 2017 By Bill Rogers | CEO at Orbita IN IoT, IN apps, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN Voice Experiences, IN Google Home, IN Mobile Apps

Over the last two years we’ve experienced the impact of voice assistants like Amazon Echo and Google Home, which are providing a new channel for users to engage with their favorite applications such as the news, weather, sports, Wikipedia, Uber, Spotify, and Fitbit.  The internet of things (IoT) is enabling voice assistance to be embedded in products and is providing an easier way to engage...

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Which Alexa device is right for home healthcare?

Jun 16, 2017 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN Healthcare, IN home care, IN amazon alexa, IN amazon echo

Since Alexa (Amazon’s voice control system) and Echo (Amazon’s first Alexa-driven device) were brought out late in 2014, Amazon introduced a number of different members to the Alexa device family. This can make for some confusion. ZDNet had a recent article that asked the question “Which Alexa is right for you?” that’s aimed at consumers. We thought we’d take things one step further and look...

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Echo Show: the power of show and tell

May 24, 2017 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN connected health, IN amazon alexa, IN Voice technology, IN amazon echo, IN Echo Show, IN Voice Experiences

Amazon’s recent announcement of Echo Show – a touchscreen device with Alexa voice technology built in – got a generally favorable reception, but in that reception I observed two things:

  1. The focus on Echo Show’s video calling capabilities (often to the exclusion of all else).
  2. The immediate comparisons asking the question, "how is it any different than iPad with Siri?"

In other words, what’s...

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The Power of Voice Part 2: How Voice Assistants Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Feb 27, 2017 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN Healthcare, IN connected health, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN amazon echo, IN Apple Siri

Part 1 "The Power of Voice Experiences for Elderly in Home Healthcare" outlines the differnt voice technologies available and how they can help with the elderly and home healthcare. 

Digital technology holds great promise for delivering improved health outcomes. That promise is, of course, already being realized. For just one “proof point:” three years ago, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation...

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Amazon Alexa at CES 2017: Implications for Healthcare

Jan 06, 2017 By Nate Treloar | President & COO at Orbita IN Amazon AWS, IN amazon alexa, IN voice assistants, IN amazon echo, IN voice experience designer

The press releases and news stories have been pouring in from CES 2017 in Las Vegas this week and Amazon Alexa appears to have dominated the show.

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