Cox Business is using advanced technology to turn programs in Omaha into "Smart Programs"

Posted at 6:59 AM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 07:59:19-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Imagine if you are feeling sick one day and feel like you need to see a doctor. But instead of going to a hospital or doctor's office you could see one from the comfort of your own home. On tech company is hoping to make that more of a reality.

Thursday Cox Business showed how they are using technology to help build smart businesses. The goal is to better connect with the needs of the growing community here in Omaha.

Trapollo is a Cox Business company and a connected health care provider. This means they are able to monitor patients from the comfort of their own home. They do this through survey questions and medical devices that send alerts to physicians if something doesn't track as normal. In Nebraska especially, a company like this could help those in rural communities. “Where we may have some healthcare deserts happening we absolutely can do a better job reaching out for more clinical touches on those patients and not having those patients have to drive one and two hours to get to healthcare facilities,” said Angela Zeringue, Trapollo Cox Business company.

This type of connected health care can monitor patients with physical or mental health concerns.

This type of advanced technology can even help those in the education field. At UNMC students are using holograms and augmented and virtual reality to learn the necessary skills they need to work in the medical field. They even use life-like patients to practice those procedures.

Experts say this new type of education could lead to a wave of new ideas on how to help other businesses as well. “Omaha has a reputation for being a silicon prairie, sometimes I think we get overlooked so we're almost the best kept secret, but we have the perfect place to host a business, to start a business to run a business,” said Ashley Perkins, Cox Business VP.
This type of education is part of u-n-m-c's IExcel program. Cox said this advanced technology could be used to help retail businesses, and even improve public safety throughout the city.