Orca is a mobile healthcare company that improves patients’ experience.
The multisensory apps provide a more effective learning experience. Learning is about doing. Health care specialists can use touch, sound, sight, and real interactivity, to instruct and teach their patients more quickly, efficiently and effectively. Medical students are supported when learning the anatomy, conditions, and even basics of treatments. For patients and interested people in general the apps are a comprehensive knowledge base about the human body.
The company was founded by physicians, designers and engineers who want to make the clinical experience better for patients. Orca develops apps that improve doctors’ interactions with their patients. These apps deliver relevant and interactive medical content, which is easily shared with the patient via app or the web.
The company cooperates with Harvard Medical School to provide the best content.
Actual offers …
As of November 2013 the company offers the following apps
Orca Tools are developed for a better patient communication. Using Orca Tools you can: capture photos & video of MRIs, x-rays, or pathologies annotate, draw & highlight on the anatomy content quickly, and securely send digital handouts to your patients.
Orca data can be exported in a number of different formats and added to several different EMRs. Orca content can be accessed online, on iPads, and on TV systems.
See this video which describes how to use the features
An example …
To describe some basic features of Orca apps I used the app HeartDecide.
HeartDecide includes interactive 3D animations that permit you to explore and explain anatomy. Hospitals and healthcare systems who leverage 3D animation see higher levels of patient engagement and an increased perception of quality care.
More than just grabbing attention, studies show that 3D animations are more potent than text, physical models and 2D illustrations, in communicating health information.
HeartDecide also contains visual imagery of conditions (photographs, x-rays, and animation), with an option to toggle between normal and abnormal views, which helps patients grasp problems that seem obvious (because of their training and experience) to healthcare specialists.
Lastly, augmented reality provides a unique way to enhance comprehension in-context, by enhancing the patient’s worldview with relevant visual and auditory information.
Satisfaction levels among people who are well-informed are much higher than those who don’t understand their condition or treatment. Patients who interact with information via multiple sensory inputs feel more satisfied with the course of action they choose and the care they receive. Numerous studies have proven the efficacy of this type of education, it significantly elevates both comprehension and recall.
Comprehensive textual information about the anatomy as well as conditions are available.
Privacy and relevance …
Orca about privacy …
We know privacy is important to you and your patients, as a result, all of this content is available to your patients via a HIPAA-secure web portal, which will be linked to your search-optimized Orca Health Specialist Profile.
Relevance and applications are documented in these statements of healthcare professionals.
The apps improve doctors’ interactions with their patients and support each others understanding. For non-professionals (using the free versions of Orca apps) it’s an interesting insight in how the human body works.
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