Orbita unveils Amazon Echo-based home health tool

By Tom Sullivan
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Orbita announced its Voice Experience Designer at the Connected Health Conference on Monday. The company described the software as a graphical tool healthcare organizations can use to build voice assistants that aid patients in their homes.

“We provide the connectivity services, the orchestration logic for data that comes in and collaboration app for caregivers to communication with patients,” Orbita Co-Founder and President Nathan Treloar said. “We want to be able to work within care plans.”

Likely applications include medication adherence, pain management, patient monitoring and coordination among various caregivers, the company said.

Treloar also said that it will begin collaborating with the Boston-based Commonwealth Care Alliance next year to put the Voice Experience Designer to work in patients’ homes.

“Alexa is a way for people to report objective data, such as blood pressure readings, as well as subjective data, like ‘I don’t feel that great today,” Treloar added.

That said, while the version Orbita is showing at the Connected Health Conference works with Alexa, Treloar said the company is not prescriptive about which voice assistants its software will run on and, in fact, it's already working on Google Home, Apple Siri and Microsoft Cortana iterations to follow sometime next year -  just not before HIMSS17.

“Right now we’re completely focused on getting shored up for HIMSS,” Treloar said.

In Orlando Orbita will be showing the Voice Experience Designer, as well as tools for patient journey management, the care coordination experiences and the entirely new Care Pathways Manager.

“We’re planning to have those ready and demonstrable at HIMSS,” he said.