Consumer technology in hospitals!

Several big-name Silicon Valley corporations have donated monies to a new Stanford University hospital. While one might think that healthcare organizations are brimming with new gadgetry, the reality is that the majority of it focuses on procedural technology (operating room tools, huge back-end data crunchers, etc.). Very little attention is actually paid to consumer technology in these settings.

But consumer technology holds magnificent power to make healthcare awesome and that is, truly, what is exciting about the Stanford partnership. From Fierce:

The six philanthropic companies involved–Apple, eBay, HP, Intel, Intuit and Oracle–are members of the hospital’s new corporate partners program. The companies will do more than just donate money, though; they also plan to work with SHC to develop new approaches to patient access, information, education and navigation.