- Posted by Next IT Healthcare
- On February 6, 2013
SPOKANE, WA (February 06, 2013) — Next IT, the world’s leading provider of natural language intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) is pleased to announce the addition of Mary Cain, MPH, to its Medical Advisory Board. Cain’s focus on improving healthcare outcomes through the adoption of new, innovative technologies fits perfectly with Next IT’s vision to change the way technology interacts with the world.
“There are so many applications for virtual assistants in the realm of health and healthcare,” said Cain. “Take chronic disease for instance. Individuals with chronic disease have so much to manage on a daily basis and need all the help they can get. Virtual assistants will be applied to scale-up the personalized services that can help drive better outcomes. Today, that kind of personalized care is only available through individual, manual attention – but virtual assistants will be available to offload some of the tasks and patient touches that today’s medical offices simply don’t have the time, or resources to offer.”
Cain brings 20 years of experience in the strategic planning and delivery of products and services across the healthcare continuum and is tenacious in her pursuit for finding new ways to engage patients in self-care through the use of technology. The partnership will further both parties’ efforts in helping patients achieve wellness in a landscape where physicians will be an increasingly scarce resource.
“Changing the path of a healthcare system that is badly broken is no small task– but, it’s a challenge that Next IT is committed to meeting head-on,” said Victor Morrison, Next IT VP of Healthcare Markets. “Mary’s impressive background and vision for applying technology in a transformative way are extremely valuable as Next IT works to bring harmony to patients and medical professionals through the use of Virtual Health Assistants.”
Cain holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration with a focus in Aging from the University of California at Berkeley and was a director at Institute for the Future, a Menlo Park think tank, where she studied the effects of consumer behavior, technological innovation and information technology on health and healthcare. She built an award-winning chronic disease management program at LifeMasters Supported SelfCare and recently founded HT3, an organization dedicated to driving the creation and adoption of beneficial healthcare technologies, user-centered design and health behavior change.
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Next IT Healthcare is the leader in patient engagement. We help healthcare organizations drive lasting behavior change and improved outcomes.
Next IT Healthcare launched in 2014 with the debut of Alme Health Coach, a revolutionary solution that delivers advanced virtual assistant capabilities to healthcare-specific environments across mobile, web and chat interfaces. Our mission is to pave the way to a radically healthier population.
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