HealthCamp SFBay was an "unconference," meaning most of the time was open, allowing attendees to organize and create their own sessions on an array of topics related to the intersection of health care and technology.
This prototype operating room, part of Kaiser Permanente's research facility in San Leandro, Calif., shows off a range of technology, including a robotic surgical arm. Visible on the screens is a strawberry viewed through an endoscopic surgical implement.
Kaiser is experimenting with whether online kiosks might speed check-in for those arriving at clinics. The prototype machine can take basic information and accept payments. Down the road, such machines might also be able to take vital information such as weight, pulse, and blood pressure.
At HealthCamp SF, attendees were able to propose and then sign up for sessions of their choosing. Here, a few attendees ponder options such as using technology to improve workplace health and creating an online patients' bill of rights.
Because Kaiser's Garfield research center has few formal conference rooms, attendees of HealthCamp SFBay met in locations ranging from a demonstration operating room to a prototype miniclinic of the future.
At this HealthCamp SF session, participants were asked to offer up suggestions of additional people who could be part of creating a healthier society. Suggestions included architects, who could create more desirable staircases, or city planners, who could design more open spaces.
Cisco Systems' IP phone is designed to allow nurses and other medical staff to do more work without having to return to a desk. The phone has a bar code scanner on top for identifying medications and can also get alerts when a patient needs attention.