Houston Methodist Center for Innovation opens hub to test new tech

A renovated wing of Houston Methodist's flagship hospital will serve as a "laboratory environment" for clinicians and patients to test out new technologies developed and deployed by the health system's Center for Innovation.

Within the Technology Hub, physicians, nurses and patients will evaluate digital services and devices to determine whether they can and should be integrated into the actual clinical environment, and to adapt the technology to best serve clinicians' and patients' needs, according to the project's page on the Center for Innovation website.

The hub will initially focus on three technologies: voice technology and natural language processing; smartwatches; and a virtual reality waiting room.

The Technology Hub, which reportedly launched earlier this month, spans a 3,500-square-foot space at Houston Methodist Hospital that formerly served as an 18-room patient wing, according to InnovationMap.

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