BOSTON – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has opened a Health Technology Exploration Center to speed research and innovation in digital health, and to explore new solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health care challenges.
“Now is the time to think more expansively about how diverse technological tools can improve all aspects of health care—from clinical advances to communications and medical decision-making,” said Dr. Kevin Tabb, CEO of BIDMC and the Beth Israel Deaconess system, in a statement. “Our goal in creating this new center is to build on Beth Israel Deaconess’ history of innovation to help make patient care more efficient, accessible and integrated.”
The new technology center will explore new and emerging technologies like the Internet of Things and blockchain, and will advance new treatment options and shape the delivery of patient care. In addition, the center will leverage the power of emerging cloud services to support medical decision-making and innovative new mobile applications that empower patients to manage their own health, while improving overall communication between patients and their health care providers.
Dr. John Halamka, CIO of the Beth Isreal Deaconess System and international health care innovation professor at Harvard Medical School, will lead the Health Technology Exploration Center.
“Patients today are accustomed to having a world of information at their fingertips,” said Halamka in a statement. “The work of this new center will help expand our ability to use technology to evaluate and share all types of data with both clinicians and patients to improve the care they receive and the delivery of that care. The center will also create a base of knowledge and focused expertise that connects technology advances with clinical care and research to further accelerate innovation.”