By: Courtney Image credit: HIMSS In wrapping up its annual conference earlier this month, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) noted that nearly 35,000 attendees had passed through its exhibition center, educations sessions and networking events. Among the thought leaders we predict will set the agenda for what's next in healthcare IT were several emerging companies. Metis finds these to be among the most notable: Avado: The company, led by several former Microsoft veterans, announced a $1 million funding round at HiMSS and has already signed customers for its patient engagement platform. Avado's technology is built around the principles of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and ties in well with the industry's move toward electronic healthcare records (EHRs). Get Real Health- Once a professional services company, Get Real Health recently pivoted to focus more solidly on connected health solutions, like its InstantPHR platform for personal health, data visualization and care management. HealthSpot: Telemedicine is one of the hottest trends in healthcare IT today, and HealthSpot is at the front of the pack with a kiosk for remote patient-doctor interaction that includes not only video, but also a blood pressure cuff, thermometer, stethoscope and other tools a patient can use with the supervision of a remote clinician. Me-Visit: Mobile applications got a lot of attention at HiMSS 13, and Me-Visit illustrates why. This “house call by smartphone” solution connects patients with their personal physicians, promising to make healthcare more accessible and affordable. PointRF: At HiMSS ‘13, Metis client PointRF announced an expansion of its SafeTSense portfolio of products for patient behavioral assessment and care optimization in long-term care facilities. The company outfits patients, staff and equipment with RFID tags to improve the entire patient population experience. Rest Devices: This MIT-based startup creates products and devices for monitoring sleep and respiration in infants and adults. Formerly known as Nyx Devices, Rest makes user-centered devices that are comfortable and accurate.
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