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Texas Medical Center CEO discusses future of health care

One in three Houstonians do not have health insurance, and it’s a problem that the CEO of the largest medical center in the world says he is trying to tackle.

Hundreds of people from all over the world attended the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) 2013 Global Conference.

One of the many guest speakers was Robert Robbins. He is a leader in health care and has a firm stance on his goal to help Houstonians sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“We’ve tried to put out data about what is a health exchange, and what are your options, and those kind of things because it is very confusing,” said Robbins, the president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center.

He says there’s an effective solution in the works for Houstonians-kiosks with experts.

“If I didn’t have health coverage and you had a kiosk, I could come in and you could sit me down. I would log in, and you would help me walk step by step.”

Another helpful tool in the future for your healthcare might be social media according to Robbins, and also a smart phone.

“There will be opportunities for both pushing information to patients, but also patients asking advice in a dialogue of texting back and forth. You text me and say,’ my head is hurting, What should I do?’ Then we get into a conversation. I think the whole digitization of health and information flow is going to be really important.”

The IIT Global Conference is aimed at bringing together the graduates of IIT and global leaders to network and inspire discussions on global issues.

Next year’s conference will be held in Toronto, Canada.

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