CLEARWATER, Fla. – BayCare Health System has introduced TechDeck, a service that provides connected digital health technology like weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, wearables and mobiles apps through a walk-in location.
“BayCare TechDeck is designed to help patients engage in their own health through wearable and consumer technology,” said Craig Anderson, director of innovation at BayCare Health System, in a statement. “This innovative service, which is new to health care, provides cutting-edge technology that is recommended by our physicians.”
TechDeck products, which are available to any community member in the Tampa Bay area, allow patients to monitor the status of their health, including their blood pressure, weight fluctuations and daily steps. Patients have the option to report that health data to their primary care physicians.
“This service provides additional opportunities for physicians and patients to become even better partners in their own health care,” said Dr. Jeffrey Held, vice president and chief medical officer for ambulatory services at BayCare Health System, in a statement. “It also allows patients to use technology to increase physical activity and monitor their health outside the doctor’s office, encouraging them to be more proactive about their health.”
TechDeck is staffed with certified health technology coaches who can help patients learn how the technology can enhance their overall health and wellness.
The first BayCare TechDeck is open in Largo, Fla., and the second location will open in Valrico, Fla. in March 2019.
BayCare is a non-profit health care system that includes 15 hospitals and hundreds of other locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions.