Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, with six initial vendor partners, has launched the Healthcare Transformation Lab at flagship Intermountain Medical Center, which could result in commercializing new patient care technologies.

The organizations will research and develop new ways to improve and optimize patient care, and measure results. “Once innovations are appropriately studied and reviewed, the teams will work together to rapidly design, create and test new health care technologies to be used at Intermountain facilities and possibly across the nation, depending on contractual and regulatory obligations,” according to an Intermountain announcement.

Charter vendors for the lab are computer components firms Intel and Xi3, electronics firm Dell, telecommunications vendor CenturyLink, network storage firm NetApp and medical device company Sotera Wireless. Vendors seeking information on joining the initiative can email Fred Holston, chief technology officer at Intermountain, at frederick.holston@imail.org.

Initial product developments include a patient room of the future that wirelessly monitors vital signs and can be personalized for light, sound, entertainment and Internet access; 3D printers to produce prototypes of medical devices and equipment for testing and clinical purposes; a hand-hygiene sensor worn like a watch; and a “life detector” to alert caregivers to changes in vital signs inside or out of a medical facility.

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