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GiraffeTrends from the Trenches Series Shifts Gears To Focus On During Next Webinar

NEW YORK, Apr. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — At no other time in the modern history of healthcare has innovation occurred so quickly. Hospitals — often slow to embrace change — are now adopting new technologies to deliver the lowest cost care at the highest level of reliability possible.

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Given this focus on new technologies, the next webinar in the Healthcare Innovation: Trends from the Trenches series: Robotics, Machine Intelligence & The Future Of Hospitals will showcase the rapidly advancing field of robotics and machine intelligence and how it’s changing the future of hospitals. The free webinar will start at noon, EDT, on Friday, April 24. To register early, click here.

Andrea Simon, Ph.D., Founder/CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC) will host the webinar. Simon is a corporate anthropologist and former healthcare executive, who works with organizations that need to adapt to changing times. Her co-host is Donald G. Bellefeuille, Healthcare Strategist and Director at NBBJ, a global architecture, planning and design firm.

Bellefeuille will examine the current state of robots being used for logistical and clinical purposes, emerging clinical robotics and machine intelligence, and the future of autonomous machines and intelligence.

“If you want to know the very latest about hospital technology – and robotics, in particular – you’ll want to hear what Don knows now and what he predicts for the future,” said Simon. “He is sure to leave webinar attendees with a provocative vision of hospitals in five, ten or even fifty years.”

Bellefeuille has over 30 years’ of experience working with healthcare institutions in developing strategies and plans to solve issues, create value, and grow and improve business performance. His areas of healthcare knowledge include the acute, ambulatory, post-acute, home health, behavioral health and physician sectors, as well as marketing and public affairs.

Bellefeuille also pens the very popular blog, The StratEx Crossroad: Where Healthcare Strategy and Execution Meet, dedicated to advancing the healthcare strategy profession as it adapts to the faster pace of change in the new era of healthcare reform.

“Advances in robotics, and the machine intelligence they need to operate, are being reported practically every day now,” said Bellefeuille. “These advances will revolutionize how we provide and receive healthcare. As just one of many examples, Xenex makes a pulsed xenon ultra violet emitting robot that kills most germs in five minutes and was made famous as the Ebola killing robot. It also bears a striking resemblance to R2D2.”

Audience members for the robotics webinar will learn the following:

  • The forces driving change in hospitals
  • Technology in use now
  • Technology that will likely be in use five years from now
  • Technology that is just emerging now, that could be in use in a decade
  • The nature of active and passive robots, and bounded and unbounded machine intelligence.

Healthcare strategists and planners, hospital architects and designers, nursing and clinical service line leaders and operational department leaders are all encouraged to attend.

For more information on the popular webinar series, go to:, where SlideShare presentations of past webinars can be downloaded. To read more about other pertinent healthcare topics, go to the SAMC Trends from the Trenches blog.

Media Contact: Chuck Casto, Casto Marketing Communications, 508-314-3284,

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