‘Our use cases are becoming broader and deeper’
BOSTON– Voice technology provider Orbita is teaming up with AARP to study how conversational artificial intelligence solutions can improve remote patient monitoring and reduce social isolation in seniors who are aging at home.
“The main challenge with digital health care is that the success is tied to the level of patient engagement,” said Nate Treloar, president and COO of Orbita. “Voice-assisted technology is really a lifestyle device that can support a patient’s wellness and changes the experience.”
The work between Orbita and AARP will guide the ongoing development of solutions providing intuitive in-home access to information and tools to improve self-care among adults. Digital assistants can provide greetings and positive affirmations, as well as deliver daily medication reminders and perform important care tasks. Voice technology can be a good option for seniors who might not be able to use a smart phone because they can’t hold it well or see the screen.
Partnerships like the one with AARP are important for Orbita, a company that provides a platform for creating and maintaining voice-powered health care applications, Treloar said.
“We’re a technology company that enables companies to use these technologies to solve the problem of patient engagement—we don’t have a device,” he said. “These kinds of partnerships are critical for us to be able to reach into the home.”
The partnership with AARP also has Orbita collaborating with Pillo Health, developers of a home care companion robot, to research how integrating voice assisted technology into the device can improve diabetes care management.
In addition to the work with AARP, Orbita also recently signed an agreement with a large health insurance company and is getting traction with the pharma and biotech industries, Treloar said.
“We are very busy, actively licensing and deploying our technology across health care organizations,” he said. “Our use cases are becoming broader and deeper.”