Kaiser Permanente opens at U.S. Capitol.

On Monday, Kaiser Permanente opened its Center for Total Health, located a couple blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The space, next to a new Kaiser medical facility, will serve as a conference and education center and a showcase for innovative health care technology.

President and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group Robert Pearl told guests at a grand opening event that he wanted every schoolteacher, every city planner and every application developer who comes to Washington to visit the center. He said he wants them all to take part in the health care dialogue and help create solutions—whether it’s in the form of city walking paths or new mobile technology.

Among several large touch-screen exhibits designed by Brand New School (using Electrosonic screens), the centerpiece is an 80-foot-long touch-screen mural—one of the largest in the world—that builds on Kaiser’s Every Body Walk! campaign. The screen has several touch points during different periods of a day, with fast facts about walking, body part icons that show how we benefit from walking and ways people can incorporate walking into their daily lives.

The center, open to the public, has several stations that demonstrate new health technology prototypes (from Sprint, RIM, GE, Cisco and Philips) currently being piloted at Kaiser medical centers. Visitors can interact with the tablet, handheld and smart phone devices in areas such as telemedicine and facial recognition.