Health Care IT: Health Care Kiosks Streamline Patient Access to Check-Ins, Screenings
Self-service kiosks are challenging the traditional roles of administrative clerks, sign-in sheets, payment-collection lines and paperwork in medical offices. Check-in machines from companies such as CTS (Connected Technology Solutions) and Phreesia can be found in hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices, while kiosks from SoloHealth are appearing in supermarkets and pharmacies to allow patients to conduct basic self-exams. Check-in kiosks pull personal info such as names and addresses from EHRs (electronic health records), ask patients questions about their medical histories, verify insurance information, schedule appointments, perform signature capture and take payments. CTS and SoloHealth units can stand upright, while Phreesia makes a tablet-size WiFi-connected device. The SoloHealth Station allows patients to screen themselves for diabetes, obesity, hypertension and vision problems. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the various self-service health care kiosks on the market from CTS, Phreesia and SoloHealth.