Examining the role kiosks play in the future of health care

When people think about the health care IT systems that are transforming health care, they probably do not think about the kiosk where they can get their blood pressure checked while waiting for a prescription at their local pharmacy. These blood pressure checkers have been around for years, and people often do not even notice them anymore. However, according to an article published by Forbes, there is a new generation of health care kiosks on the way – and they do a lot more than check people’s blood pressure.

According to the news source, there are kiosks that can capture weight, height and demographic data such as age. Furthermore, there are even systems that can test people’s vision and connect them to physicians and specialists who can offer them their professional take on their health issues.

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Forbes explained that there are many benefits to health care kiosks. For example, they have the potential to reach populations that may be undiagnosed, unmotivated or sick but do not feel as though they are sick enough to visit the doctor.

Furthermore, the news source pointed out that health care advertising can be a nightmare, since marketers often do not know how to reach pertinent consumers. However, kiosks can help improve health care advertising by targeting populations in certain areas. This new technology may also be able to build up profiles for users so that people can watch highly targeted messages while checking their weight, vision or blood pressure. Forbes stressed that the advertising provided in kiosks would have to be responsible – no ads for questionable supplements or medicines.

The news source called on health care firms to look into using these kiosks to help connect people with health care professionals who can recommend treatments and help them stay on top of their health.

Fierce Health IT spoke to Michelle Calleran, manager of IT for Sharp, who explained that kiosks are also being used to help check patients in at some practices, and patients and providers alike have been enjoying them.

“[We’ve had] positive reactions from staff, too. Once we did the pilot, the other sites were asking, ’when do we get our kiosk?’” Calleran told Fierce Health IT. “The doctors, nurses and providers know if the front end can process the patients, it will streamline their workflow, and it’s very positive, the synergy is there. They want to know how fast we can get them deployed.”

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