This past week, the Business Innovation Center launched a telemedicine pilot – BIC Health Innovation – based on months of customer discussions and market validation. Our key customer feedback derived from our Healthcare Advisory Council. The HAC, composed of 12 distinguished healthcare experts and 13 Konica Minolta executives and leaders, provides insightful feedback into our healthcare strategy and continues the dialogue about evolving opportunity in the industry.
At our second HAC meeting, we focused on going deeper into the areas that were identified in August’s inaugural meeting. Specially, we focused on validating the need for a top-tier telemedicine solution that could be supported using Konica Minolta’s existing expertise in healthcare.
Telemedicine is transforming the healthcare industry by expanding traditional communication methods and interactions. For patients, getting expert medical advice used to require a visit to the doctor’s office. Now, it only requires a smart device and Internet connection. Telemedicine offers an opportunity for improved access to expert providers and significant cost reductions. It further enables providers to efficiently expand care and improve outcomes through improved connectivity and consistency.
Based on the positive response from the HAC leaders, we launched our telemedicine pilot in partnership with the award-winning solution by SnapMD. With seamless connectivity, flexible integrations, and improved efficiency, our telemedicine platform enables providers to connect more and manage less. The initial market reaction has been very positive, with articles featured in Healthcare IT News, MedCity News, Mobile Health Times, and several others. Currently, we are exploring pilots with more than 30 health systems.
While our BIC healthcare solutions portfolio already boasts promising technologies, including solutions for advanced imaging and enterprise patient communications, adding healthcare solutions like telemedicine is only the beginning. We are continuing to drive customer-centric innovation, led by the HAC in the health industry. We have signaled to the industry that Konica Minolta is here to provide the solutions that will support our customers in the ever-evolving healthcare industry.