Make It Conversational

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

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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2018 Voice.Health Hackathon Success: What Happens in Boston Shouldn’t Stay Only in Boston!

Oct 30, 2018 By Orbita Team IN connected health, IN Voice Experiences, IN voice-first

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, dozens of digitally savvy individuals gathered at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston for the 2018 Voice Hackathon, an event offered in conjunction with the 2018 Voice.Health Summit hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). Kudos to Michael Docktor, MD, and Kate Donovan, PhD, MBA, MS, co-founders of BCH Hacking Pediatrics, for creating such an inspiring...

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Clinical Trial Shows the Benefit of Voice in Disease Management

Jun 19, 2018 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN connected health, IN Voice technology, IN Voice Experiences, IN voice-first, IN adherence

In a recent post, I gave a hypothetical example showing how voice could be an effective tool in a variety of healthcare scenarios a single patient may experience. In this blog post, I’m going to discuss a recent clinical trial in which a voice assistant was used to monitor people with diabetes to study the usefulness of voice in a specific population.

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From Prevention to Administration, Examples of Voice Assistant Use in Healthcare

May 08, 2018 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN Healthcare, IN Health, IN connected health, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN Health Insurance, IN Voice Experiences, IN voice-first, IN long-term care

In past posts, we’ve talked generally about the role of voice in healthcare. This post will be more specific. It will follow the journey of a patient who, at various points, requires information and some level of interaction with people and institutions in her healthcare sphere. This patient is living in the hopefully not-too-distance future when voice assistants play a larger role in...

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5 Applications of Voice Assistants in Healthcare

Jan 30, 2018 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN Healthcare, IN connected health, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology

Previous blog posts have noted that voice is a natural interface for communicating our thoughts and ideas. Recent innovations have made voice an obvious choice for interacting with computers and the internet. For the elderly and people who have dexterity or sight issues, using voice removes a barrier to accessing these staples of everyday life. As you can imagine, these are the same people who...

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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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HIMSS17 - The Latest In Digital Healthcare Technology

Mar 07, 2017 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN connected experiences, IN connected health, IN voice assistants, IN Voice technology, IN Patient Engagement, IN HIMSS

It’s hard to sum up HIMSS17 – the healthcare IT conference held last month in Orlando – in just one blogpost, but (thanks to the articles linked here), we’ll give it a try.

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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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The Power of Voice Experiences for Elderly in Home Healthcare

Feb 08, 2017 By Bill Cava | Chief Product Officer at Orbita IN connected home, IN Healthcare, IN home care, IN connected health, IN voice assistants

It’s no secret that the US population is aging. According to the Population Research Bureau projections made in 2016, the number of Americans who are 65 and old will more than double by 2060. At the point, the proportion of elders will near 24%. As the population grows older, there’s increasing interest in assistive technologies that will enable the elderly to maintain good health, stay out of...

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Health Insurance Companies Are Betting Big on Health Care IoT

Jan 25, 2017 By Bill Rogers | CEO at Orbita IN IoT, IN Healthcare, IN Health, IN connected health, IN Health Insurance

Aside from health care consumers and providers, nobody may be more affected by technology in health care than the health insurance companies and other third-party payers of health care. To that end, they are making significant investments directly into health care IoT (Internet of Things) technology companies, and other digital health care players such as application developers.

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