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March 2018


The HIMSS conference was a highlight for Orbita this month -- and for the 43,000 other attendees! We used the event to announce several important new relationships with Mayo ClinicStaywell (a Merck subsidiary,) and Pillo Health.

Harvard Biz review icon.pngWhile HIMSS was in full swing, we were pleased to see Orbita mentioned in the Harvard Business Review article titled What Will Healthcare Look Like Once Smart Speakers are Everywhere?  Thanks to authors John Brownstein, MD, Boston Children's Hospital chief of innovation, and his colleagues for their shout-out.

Forbes Icon.jpgWe extend our appreciation to Forbes' Jennifer Kite-Powell for including us in her February article titled This Healthcare Companion Robot Will Remind You to Take Your Medicine. Also to Joseph Kvedar, MD, VP of connected health for Partners HealthCare, for recognizing Orbita's technology in a Home Care Technology Report article titled HIMSS Execs Discuss LTPAC IT.

Voice Technology: Hot at HIMSS
HIMSS opened with a keynote by Google Executive Eric Schmidt where he asked 8,000+ audience members to imagine a future in which a physician would be assisted by a form of technology - a virtual assistant - that would “listen to the conversation, provide advice in his or her ear, and fill out the transcript for the doctor.” In the days following, several people approached us to ask if Schmidt was referring to Orbita. This was flattering, to say the least.

While Schmidt's concept is still visionary, we know it can and will be achieved. Evidence is coming from new, real-world applications of voice and conversational AI in healthcare -- including those powered by Orbita. Scroll down to review Who's Using Voice? How? And Why? (below) for a round-up of case studies from our customers in care management, aging in place, clinical trials and beyond. 


Bill Cava
Orbita Chief Product Officer
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PS: Don't miss this Health Populi blog posting titled What the Latest Pew Consumer Data Means for #HIMSS18 with health economist Jane Sarasohn-Kahn highlighting Orbita and sharing the following: "Health is social; isolation is a social determinant for ill health. Social networks have been found to be very helpful for peer-to-peer healthcare." 

Who's Using Voice? How? And Why?
Check out these uses of Orbita technology as showcased through trade publication articles, technology reports, case studies, webinars and trade publication articles. Are you exploring an idea for using voice in healthcare? Talk with us. Email or call +1 617-804-5550.

> Consumer and Patient Education - Mayo Clinic:
Mayo Clinic Delivers First Aid Advice Through Amazon Alexa and Mayo Clinic Partners With Orbita to Transform Patient Journey Through Voice First Experience

> Home Health Care - Libertana Home Health:
How One Home Health Provider Turned Alexa Into an mHealth Assistant and 
Improving Medication Compliance, Quality of Life, and Peace of Mind through Voice Assistant Technology 

> Disease Management - Alexa Diabetes Challenge from Amazon and Merck:
Amazon Alexa Challenge Envisions an mHealth Care Management Tool
(Note: Orbita's technology used by several entrants)

> Care Coordination - CommonWealth Care Alliance:
Special Report: AI Voice Assistants Have Officially Arrived in Healthcare

> Long Term Care -
Leveraging Conversations to Address Aging-in-Place Needs of Older Adults (archived webinar;) also see blog post

> Treatment Adherence/Medication Compliance - Pillo Health:
This Healthcare Companion Robot Will Remind You to Take Your Medicine and Alexa, When's My Next Medication Dose?

> Research, Patient Education and Clinical Trial Optimization - Worrell Design, Inc.:
Your Bot Will Run Your Health: How Mixed Reality and AI are Changing Healthcare



What's New in Orbita Voice?
Our newest
updates to Orbita Voice™ improve “create once, publish to all” capabilities and enhance our position as the first healthcare platform for true application development and maintenance across multiple voice and conversational AI channels. Enhancements include:

  • New pre-built web and mobile app templates to accelerate development
  • New analytics tools for measuring user engagement across multiple voice and chat bot interfaces.
  • Seamless switching between user interface modes (voice, text chat bots, touch, keyboard, and analog phone)
  • Integrated search features and templates to make healthcare content more accessible through voice and chat bot apps
  • Security enhancements that expand use of voice assistive technology for applications that include sensitive, but useful user data, including PHI regulated under HIPAA

See Orbita in action! Request a demo or get started with an Orbita Voice trial.

Joining Together to Advance Connected Health
Orbita is pleased to join the Personal Connected Healthcare Alliance (PCHA), a HIMSS organization convening market leaders, innovators and industry icons to bring the best thinking, experience and perspective to solving tomorrow's healthcare challenges. We look forward to working with PCHA and its expanding membership to accelerate technical, business, policy and social strategies to advance personal connected health. 



Join us for our next webinar
Making sense of voice experiences and conversational AI in healthcare:
When and why to expand upon paper, web and mobile interfaces
Thursday, April 26, 1-2PM EST

Voice is well suited for many of today’s most popular interactions with assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant -- such as checking the weather or playing a song. But when and why do conversational experiences make the most sense for healthcare? What about chatbots and voice-video interactions? Presenters from Orbita and Worrell, a global health innovation and strategy design firm, will:

  • Share research on the power of voice to improve patient engagement and learning
  • Explore “placeona” (place-ona) – identifying how location can influence which type of interactive technology makes sense for people to use
  • Deconstruct voice as an interface to better understand when to use it – and when not to
  • Highlight omni-channel, “create once, publish everywhere” engagement – web, mobile, chatbots, video and more

Register for the webinar here
Access archived webinars here

April 17-18, 2018, Mountain View, CA

monage.pngOrbita Chief Product Officer Bill Cava will present at this conference at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The MoNage ecosystem connects Chatbots, Messaging Platforms, AI and Conversational Interfaces, Blockchain technologies, Tokens and Crypto.

HLTH: The Future of Healthcare
May 6-9, 2018, Las Vegas

HLTH logo.jpgOn Tuesday, May 8, Orbita President Nathan Treloar will join a panel titled Words Matter! with experts discussing digital revelations that make use of a surprisingly available data set - the voice!  Watch for details! Orbita will be showing our technology on the exhibit floor. Also, thanks to our friends at HLTH for including Orbita as an "unusual suspect" in this recent blog posting: Reality Check on Futuristic Health Tech

Congrats to Orbita's Nathan Treloar who was recently confirmed as an Advisory Board Member for Parks Associates’ 5th Annual Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers!



Five Digital Health Predictions for 2018 by Lloyd Price, 3/23/18

The Medical Technology Industry Is Set To Be Worth Over $460bn by 2020
Healthcare Global, 3/20/18

Medical Uses for Technology: How the Industry is Saving Lives

IT Pro Portal, 3/12/18

Orbita Rolls Out Enhancements
Federal Telemedicine News, 3/11/18

Orbita Voice Streamlines Voice App Development for Healthcare Providers, 3/8/18

What Will Health Care Look Like Once Smart Speakers Are Everywhere?

Harvard Business Review, 3/7/18

HIMSS Finally Paying Attention to Post Acute Care
Home Care Technology Report, 3/7/18

Several AI Companies Show Off New Tech At HIMSS18
Healthcare IT News, 3/5/18

Alexa, When's My Next Medication Dose?
Pharmacy Times, 3/4/18

This Healthcare Companion Robot Will Remind You To Take Your Medicine
Forbes, 3/2/18

ERT Recognized For Advanced Central Trial Analytics And Patient Engagement
PRWeb, 3/1/18

Mayo Clinic Partners With Orbita To Transform Patient Journey
HIT Consultant, 2/28/18

Pillo Health And Orbita Partner To Deliver Engaging Voice-First Experiences
The Journal of mHealth, 2/27/18

Telemedicine Advocates Want More
POLITICO, 2/26/18

Orbita's AI, Voice Tech Supports Pillo's Home Robot and Other Digital Health Deals
Mobihealth News, 2/26/18

See recent news releases here


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