By Lisa Santos, marketing representative at HealthUnity
I went to the movies this past weekend with my children to see the new animated Disney blockbuster, Big Hero 6. The movie is outstanding – great story that was both touching and comical with terrific graphics. But what struck me the most was the main robot character, Baymax. He is a friendly inflatable robot designed to consult and heal people when they are ill or hurt. Pretty much, he is your personal teledoctor, except he engages as soon as you make a sound of distress or physical pain. In the above picture, he is asking the main character his level of pain on a scale from 1-10.
Working in healthcare IT for nearly a decade, I couldn’t stop thinking about the impact of this movie. We have come a far way in transforming medicine if there are characters in Disney movies that are centered on healthcare technology solutions. At the same time, I can’t stop thinking how much further we have to go. Baymax is a special character because he doesn’t exist today. He is a vision of what could be something one day.
I should also mention, Baymax can scan a person to record their vitals and can match and locate a person once they are stored in his database. There must be a master person index service (MPI) operating in him.
The movie has had great lasting power on my children as they have already drawn Baymax a number of times and continue to recite lines from the movie. If you have the time, I do recommend Big Hero 6 and if you are a healthcare professional or work within the healthcare industry, I would be interested to hear your thoughts on Baymax and the movie (@healthunity). I think we may have found the healthcare IT mascot to take us through the transformative years to come.