Kaiser goes to Washington, struts its stuff

This past Monday, Kaiser Permanente opened its Center for Total Health, a conference facility in Washington, DC that in its public section serves as a showcase for healthcare innovations that Kaiser is piloting or testing. No small players here: the GE Vscan, the BlackBerry PlayBook, Philips Lifeline and their medication dispenser, Intel Health Guide and Reader (or should we say Care Innovations?), and Cisco TelePresence. There’s also an unnamed facial recognition software for identification that is being piloted at Kaiser South Sacramento. It’s big video screen, interactive and designed as a destination for visitors and school field trips. SmartPlanet. [Ed. Donna note: Now ‘telederm’?? Ed. Steve, please pass the Valium.]