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Orbita and AARP to collaborate on voice solutions for health care


Orbita, a company providing conversational artificial intelligence systems for health-care applications, has announced a collaboration with AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) to study remote patient monitoring and ways to reduce social isolation.

The organizations will participate in the 2018 PULSE@MassChallenge accelerator, studying digital approaches to leveraging natural language processing to enable new hands-free, digital experiences for people over 50 years old, according to the announcement. They aim to help patients, particularly those who do not use smartphones or tablets, to engage in their own care to improve health outcomes. Increased engagement can impact the quality and cost of care, with greater disease awareness, treatment adherence, and clinical data accuracy.

Joint projects being coordinated at the AARP innovation lab include one with Pillo Health on how its home care companion robot Pillo can improve diabetes care management. Pillo is an intelligent health and wellness assistant that gets to know you and your family through artificial intelligence and face and voice recognition.

Orbita CEO Bill Rogers says voice technologies are creating opportunities in many industries. “Yet the impact of voice will perhaps be most profound in healthcare where individual lives and population health can be improved.”

Research from AARP and Pew shows technology use is growing among adults over 50, and smartphone users aged 60 to 69 are leading users of phones for medical care management.

Voice recognition technology from NEC was recently applied to the healthcare industry to improve data collection in clinical trials.

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