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Camping out

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.
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Testing the iPad

At its research facility, Kaiser Permanente is testing potential uses for the iPad, but any device that it ends up using will have to be washable, and rugged enough to withstand being dropped.
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Rugged tablet

Kaiser has been testing the use of this rugged tablet from Motion Computing, which includes cameras and scanners and can be washed down. It's also able to survive many a fall.
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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.
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Remote skin care

Here, Kaiser senior IT manager Sean Chai shows how a small camera could be used to allow a faraway dermatologist to examine a growth to see if it needs further study.
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Will that be credit or debit?

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.
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An "unconference"

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.
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Sessions everywhere

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.
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Drawing a solution

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.
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Paging Dr. Feelgood

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.
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Tweeting one's way to health

Participants at this session discuss ways that social media can be used to influence healthy patterns, such as exercising more or improving diet.
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