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August 2018

Hello  there,

I encourage you to read this thought-provoking article from Health IT Analytics titled Chatbots May Be Healthcare's Artificial Entry Point.  The author cites a recent SpiceWorks survey highlighting the following:   

  • By 2019, 40% of large businesses will integrate voice assistants like Cortana, Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant into workflows. About 1/4 of smaller and mid-size companies plan the same.
  • More than 75% think AI will help to automate routine tasks, yet only 20% feel prepared to hand this shift.
  • Voice recognition is not new to healthcare. Voice is used for dictation – but chatbots and ambient computing devices offer new levels of interaction.
  • Chatbots and virtual assistants are finding their way into homes and clinical environments -- as scribes, ordering assistants, and patient engagement aids.

According to Chatbot Report 2018: Global Trends and Analysis, the healthcare industry is second only to online retail in customer acceptance of chatbots. 

Orbita is honored to work with major healthcare organizations like Amgen, Mayo Clinic, American Red Cross and others to drive voice and chatbot innovation. 

We've seen a big uptick in interest for AI-driven web and mobile chatbots -- due, in part, to security concerns with commercial smart speakers like Amazon Echo and Google Home. Many are now realizing that voice and text-based chatbots (multi-model) delivered over web and mobile apps (multi-channel) can overcome privacy and security concerns of smart speakers.

Organizations would be wise to approach their voice strategy with both short and long-term realities in mind.

Recall the early days of the web and mobile development. How many high-cost, "firedrill" custom projects went quickly defunct? When evaluating options, consider a multi-modal, omni-channel voice experience management platform. Coincidentally, I happen to know a good one I recommend (wink!)


Nathan Treloar
Orbita Co-founder & President 

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PS: Boston area folks! Please support our friends from Pulse@MassChallenge by attending their Application Launch Event on September 13 at 5 pm in Cambridge. It  includes a fireside chat with Orbita CEO Bill Rogers and colleagues from Pillo Health and Folia. Hear insights about our participation in last year's cohort. 

Attend tomorrow's August webinar

payor webinar landing page imageHow Payors Are Leveraging Voice Apps And Chatbots

Join Jessie Gatto of Humana Healthcare's Trend and Innovation team, along with Bill Cava of Orbita, who will:  
  • Discuss Humana's experience in creating and testing a virtual health assistant to support high-acuity senior members in their daily lives
  • Share lessons learned: pros and cons of voice as a channel, barriers to adoption and best-practice insights for success
  • Review technical requirements for developing and deploying conversational agents – unique needs of voice for digital engagement, security/HIPAA, cross platform deployment (smart speakers, mobile and web chatbots,) etc. 

The live webinar is Wednesday, August 29th at 1PM EST.


Did you know Orbita recently added Amazon Alexa-to-Google Assistant Porting functionality to our Orbita Voice™ platform? Now, developers can import an Alexa schema into Orbita, and publish it to a Google Assistant application with virtually no additional development work. Learn more.

Orbita is hiring! Visit us here to learn more about positions for:

  • sales engineer
  • sales executive
  • account manager
  • marketing specialist 

Thanks to event organizers for sharing a summary of the 2018 Voice in Healthcare Summit including a video of the session by Orbita's Nathan Treloar. We're pleased to sponsor your Alexa Conference in January in Chattanooga.

Last month's VOICE event in Newark was a huge success. A few highlights:

  • Have questions about privacy and security? Orbita CEO Bill Rogers served with panelists from ERT and Macadamian to discuss Healthcare Policy, Strategy and Advocacy.  Orbita's HIPAA and security experts are available to talk with you about these topics. Contact us here.

  • Moderator Morgan Reed, president of ACT-The App Association highlighted just-released news about a $100M pilot program from the FCC to support telemedicine. Learn more in his interview with FCC Commission Brendan Carr at Fierce Healthcare



Meet with us at these events!  Schedule now. Email

2018 Connected Health Summit: Connected-Health-SummitEngaging Consumers
Sponsored by Parks Associates
August 28-30, 2018, San Diego, CA

Don't miss the panel titled Emerging Connected Health Tech: Next Wave of Innovation with Nathan Treloar, Orbita president, who also serves as a member of the event's advisory board.

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Celebrating Digital Health Innovation in Hospitals
Hosted by Brigham Digital Innovation Lab
September 12, 2018, Boston, MA

Join us at for this free half-day symposium. Orbita will showcase voice solutions including an application built in collaboration with the Brigham iHUB.

Screen Shot 2018-08-27 at 9.04.16 PMHealthBot 2018: New York City
Sponsored by Ogilvy Consulting
September 12, 2018, New York, NY

Meet with Orbita CEO Bill Rogers at this half day event covering the brave new world of messaging, chatbots and AI. Request meeting at

What's Next in Health Tech?
September 16-18, 2018, Santa Clara, CA

Orbita is pleased to be sponsor this event.  Be sure to meet us at our booth on the show floor.  Contact us to schedule a meeting. Check out the Design Workshop: Smart Health Analytics for Improved Outcomes from our friends at Macadamian.

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Co-located with Connected Health Conference
October 17, 2018, Boston 

We're thrilled to sponsor this exciting new event produced by Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), by Modev, and The Personal Connected Health Alliance. Nathan Treloar of Orbita is pleased to participate in one of the event's panels. Don't miss voice demos in simulated settings and see results from a BCH hackathon. Registration is limited.

Connected Health Conference
October 17-19, 2018, Boston, MA

Find us on the exhibit floor and check out Enabling Engagement and Independent Living Through Voice,  a panel hosted by Parks Associates with Orbita Nathan Treloar as panelist. Register here!


THE POWER OF CONVERSATION. Recent Posts from Orbita's Blog

We welcome guest blogs. Submit your request to beth@orbita.a



July 24, 2018


Impacts on the Connect Health Market: Insights from Orbita
Parks Perspectives, August 16, 2018

The State of Smart Assistants + Healthcare
FuturEar, August 15, 2018

The Power of Voice in Healthcare
Speech Technology, August 9, 2018

How Voice Technology Will Impact Healthcare
Machine Design, August 18, 2018

Voice Assistants Can Help Older Adults
Kiplinger's Retirement Report, August 3, 2018

Nathan Treloar of Orbita Discusses Voice for Patient Engagement and Clinical Efficiency, July 31, 2018

Newark summit showcases cutting-edge voice technology
NJTV News, July 24, 2018

Voice First: Speaking Up about Health and Wellness
Aging In Place Technology Watch, July 18, 2018

Sorting Out AI, ML, DL, And NLP
Health Data Answers, June 27, 2018

Orbita leverages partnerships to extend reach into homes
Home Health Technology News, June 26, 2018

Using Voice Technology To Power More Engaging Digital Health Experiences
Luminary Labs, June 21, 2018 

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