Health care provider Kaiser Permanente has one foot in the future as it works to transform the health care industry with technology. At the Kaiser Permanente Sidney R. Garfield Health Care Innovation Center in San Leandro, Calif., state-of-the-art gadget testing and innovation is happening throughout its simulated hospital rooms, outpatient clinic, and "hobby lobby."
This living laboratory is researching new ways to use emerging technology to make health care more efficient and patient-friendly. Products that get the go-ahead usually undergo additional testing at various Kaiser Permanente medical centers across the U.S.
Some tools being researched, like this laser-projected keyboard, were designed to cut down on grime. Flat surfaces, like a table top, are easier to clean than standard computer keyboards.