MEQUON, Wis., Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Figaro Avatars Inc., a newly formed healthcare assessment technology firm, announced today that it introduced natural language technology into its patient care assessment technology solutions. Through a new partnership with California-based Geppetto Labs, a leading avatar technology company, Figaro Avatars offers this state-of-the-art technology in its population assessment solutions, a first for the healthcare industry.
"Natural language technology is a groundbreaking step for the healthcare industry," states Norrie Daroga, CEO Figaro Avatars. "We are excited to bring these avatar concepts and technologies from gaming and education industry applications to real-world healthcare settings. It has the potential to dramatically impact patient care assessments."
Figaro Avatars delivers artificial intelligence and natural language processing technologies to provide highly customized solutions to the healthcare industry. These solutions improve process flow and efficiency, as well as capture valuable analytics data. The solutions help patients with low literacy to obtain access to healthcare services without an intervening healthcare provider, clinician or intake provider.
This cutting edge technology uses analytics to measure the emotional content of what the user says, and with enhanced versions, can capture information from facial expressions. Preliminary evidence indicates patients are more likely to give honest answers and engage with avatars than an actual person because they do not feel judged by the avatars. Figaro's avatars are available 24/7, enabling the system to capture a patient's data when he/she is emotionally ready to have the conversation.
"The technology allows individuals with addiction problems, Cancer, Alzheimer's, COPD and other chronic ailments to provide information and communicate when they are ready, even if a traditional care provider is not available to record it," notes Mark Stephen Meadows, CEO, Geppetto Labs.
"The data is stored and can be analysed to provide accountable care organizations and risk management companies with the ability to triage patient populations, analyse risk factors (type of disease, cultural bias, caregiver relationships to name a few) and provide highly targeted intervention programs to reduce healthcare costs," adds Daroga.
ABOUT FIGARO AVATARS
Figaro Avatars Inc. provides technology solutions to the healthcare industry that focus on cost reduction and revenue enhancement. Leveraging avatar technology, their platforms use Natural Language Processing, Semantic and Affect Analytics to streamline healthcare practices to capture valuable data real-time for caregiver organizations, hospitals, and healthcare agencies. www.figaroavatars.com
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