How Smart Display Solutions Can Revolutionize Healthcare
Whether the goal is to inform, alert, promote, educate or entertain, digital signage can benefit a variety of parties across the healthcare system – from caregivers to patients and visitors. Today’s hospitals and healthcare facilities now rely on digital signage and new display solutions to complete a modern, state-of-the art facility benefiting both patients and visitors, as well as to equip doctors and nurses with the tools they need to get their job done more efficiently. Below are some of the top features that healthcare facilities managers and IT professionals should look for when selecting and implementing the latest display and A/V solutions in order to revolutionize the various aspects of their business.
- Way-finding: A digital signage way-finding directory can be extremely beneficial to facility visitors, helping to reduce ambiguity or confusion that can add discomfort to an already stressful situation. From custom integrated kiosks to single touchscreen displays, the use of high resolution, commercial grade HD screens, as opposed to consumer televisions, help ensure optimal clarity, visibility and reliable performance. Intuitive touch and interactive functionality combined with specialized software and network systems can take the visitor experience to the next level with self-service and one/two-way communication.
- Patient Rooms: New audio and visual technology can be integrated to deliver a seamless experience in the patient room, from patient televisions providing hospital network infotainment, cafeteria menu choices, scheduling or instructions for each patient, to unidirectional speaker systems that manage sound and noise control. Displays that are designed to work with either a digital or single-button analog (switch style) pillow speaker are a good fit for patient rooms. Consumer-friendly inputs like SD card slots or other features that allow patients or their families to connect and run media from their personal devices as permitted by your facility terms are also beneficial. Commercial grade performance and connectivity with common nurse call systems ensure reliability and flexibility as well.
- Surgical Suite: Given the sensitive nature of surgery and the need for complete precision, medical personnel in the surgical theater are now relying on full HD, widescreen medical monitors that are specifically designed and certified for the operating room environment. The best displays for surgery use cases include features such as In-Plane Switching technology (IPS-Pro), which provides excellent color images with a very high contrast ratio from virtually all viewing angles. They should also include three or more simultaneous window displays to show surgical images, vital signs and more.
- Boardrooms: Interactive display technology is being adopted everywhere, including in the boardroom. Moving beyond traditional video conferencing, interactive touch displays offer on-screen “whiteboard” features, enabling users to share images, data and text with a group as they enable interaction with the information on the screen with their fingertips or an electronic, multi-function pen. This type of solution allows information to be shared in a more visually interesting and compelling way and can make quite the impression on anyone – from a caregiver to a board member. Displays featuring the new Miracast peer-to-peer screen casting technology give meeting participants the ability to easily share content from their computers, tablets or mobile phones on the screen wirelessly, for a truly collaborative experience.
While there are a number of features to consider when selecting the right display solution for your hospital or healthcare facility, facilities and IT managers should consider the setting and who will be using the display first and foremost. Once this is determined, they should be sure that the solutions they are evaluating include the right mix of features and capabilities to meet their key needs, but also allow for future-proofing. Doing so will ensure that their facilities are state-of-the-art and can deliver the best possible service and patient care, while also enabling strong ROI. For more information about how Panasonic’s digital signage and display solutions can benefit healthcare facilities, visit ftp://ftp.panasonic.com/industries/healthcare/healthcare_solutions_brochure.pdf.