Sutter Health opens 11K-square-foot digital innovation center

Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health opened an 11,000-square-foot digital innovation center this month in San Francisco to develop new healthcare artificial intelligence and remote patient monitoring platforms, the San Francisco Chronicle reported March 22.

The 22-hospital system signed a seven-year lease for the space in January and will bring its designers, developers and engineers together with Bay Area AI and digital health firms to come up with new healthcare solutions, according to the story.

"This is a long bet," Sutter Health Chief Innovation Officer Chris Waugh told the newspaper.

Projects under development include in-home sensors — including for the bed, stove and refrigerator — that track people's movements to determine when they're at risk for falling, an app to monitor teens' mental health, and a digital program where hypertension patients keep tabs on their blood pressure from home, the Chronicle reported.

The center will also include a model "hospital room of the future" complete with remote patient monitoring devices and an Apple Genius Bar-type setup where patients can get help with Sutter's digital health apps, according to the story.

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