Advancements in deep learning, telecare, and ambient listening are transforming healthcare worldwide. To meet the needs in future technology, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) https://www.bidmc.org, a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, has launched a first-of-its-kind Health Technology Exploration Center (HTEC) www.htec.org.
John Halamka, MD, serving as the Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess System and International Healthcare Innovation Professor at the Harvard Medical School will lead the HTEC.
Under Halamka’s leadership, BIDMC has developed a worldwide reputation for healthcare technology innovation and has launched one of the first patient portals, created unique web-based medical records, and has improved secure patient data exchange.
The HTEC will look at new and emerging technologies like the Internet of Things and Blockchain, to explore how these emerging technologies can play a vital role in ushering in a new era in healthcare delivery. By fostering relationships with partners around the globe, the center will improve healthcare quality, advance new treatment options, and in general improve the delivery of patient care.
In addition, HTEC will leverage the power of emerging cloud services to support medical decision-making and innovative new mobile applications that will enable patients to manage their own health while improving overall communications with their healthcare providers.