‘We connect the dots and show them what’s possible’
NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System is preparing to open two new locations of its O Bar to meet the increasing demand for home health technology.
Ochsner currently has six O Bars—retail outlets that feature cutting-edge technology that help people manage their health at home—throughout Louisiana. It plans to open a seventh location in January in Baton Rouge and an eighth in the New Orleans area later in 2019.
“We know there is a lot of health care technology hitting the market,” said Aimee Quick, CEO of innovationOchsner at Ochsner Health System, which includes more than 18,000 employees and 1,100 physicians in more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. “We wanted to help connect the dots for folks and show them what’s possible.”
Each O Bar offers an iPad bar for people to try out new health apps, a curated inventory of wearables and devices for purchase, and technology specialists who can explain how to use it all. They’re located in visible, high-traffic spaces near Ochsner primary health care facilities.
Quick said some of the most popular technology in the O Bars include fitness trackers, digital blood pressure cuffs and glucometers that integrate with Ochsner’s electronic medical record.
“This technology provides a way for patients to communicate in real-time with their health care providers, as well as track their health,” she said. “We provide a human touchpoint for people if they need it when they are integrating a new technology into their health care.”
Quick believes technology is transforming the way health care is being delivered because it allows providers to reach patients where they are. It is also allowing for improved quality of care for patients with chronic conditions.
“Chronic conditions are very dynamic and can change day-to-day,” she said. “With new technology we can get more information about what’s happening in people’s lives that impacts their condition and provide just-in-time interventions.”
The O Bars are accessible to Ochsner patients who are using a new app or device based on doctor recommendations or through one of the health system’s digital chronic disease management programs. They are also open to the general public.