Beth Israel Deaconess unveils health tech exploration center

Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center launched a new hub aimed at researching and developing new innovative technologies for healthcare called the Health Technology Exploration Center.

The center will study emerging tech, such as internet of things and blockchain, to spark transformation in healthcare delivery. The center hopes to forge relationships with partners from across the globe through telemedicine to improve healthcare quality and advance new treatment options. HTEC will also leverage cloud services to support medical decision-making and mobile applications to empower patients to manage their own health.

"Now is the time to think more expansively about how diverse technological tools can improve all aspects of healthcare — from clinical advances to communications and medical decision-making," said Kevin Tabb, MD, CEO of BIDMC and the Beth Israel Deaconess system. "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."

John Halamka, MD, will lead the HTEC while also maintaining his role as CIO of the Beth Israel Deaconess system and as international healthcare innovation professor at Boston-based Harvard Medical School.

"Patients today are accustomed to having a world of information at their fingertips," Dr. Halamka said. "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."

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