Comparison: Consumer-grade Tablets vs Healthcare-grade

Posted by Lynn Schutte, Coffee Break Communications LLC on Jan 17, 2019 11:22:42 AM

Patients can easily feel lonely during infusion therapy or a hospital stay. Healthcare organizations can help ease this by providing technology that not only makes patients feel more comfortable, but also connects them to their friends, family, and entertainment or distractions they prefer. Many facilities staff choose to install wall-mounted televisions that use a pillow speaker control, but those can feel impersonal.

The other option, equal to a 90” wall TV experience, is to provide some form of personal tablet experience.  Tablet options are typically either hospital-owned consumer-grade tablets or personal UL-Listed healthcare-grade arm-mounted TV-tablet touchscreen displays. Tablets can provide infotainment, telehealth capabilities, translation services, and social connectivity through social media, email and more. While some consumer-grade and healthcare-grade tablets can offer these benefits, let’s see how they match up on some critical requirements for performance in healthcare environments.

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Topics: Patient Experience, Technology

Planning for a Successful Bedside TV Installation

Posted by Lynn Schutte, Coffee Break Communications LLC on Dec 17, 2018 2:56:36 PM

Patients really appreciate the quality experience a personal bedside entertainment system can provide during their stay. It’s very important to think about all aspects of the patient experience together with the project needs before ordering and installing patient TVs. Our checklist here will inform you of the most important considerations you should consider early in this decision process.

THINK FIRST

Planning the cabling you will need to have installed, the incoming signal source, the type of mount that best fits your application, and how you will power the bedside devices will ensure you protect yourself from costly fixes in the future. This preparation work ensures that all equipment is compatible and that any peripheral devices needed are addressed and ordered at once. A professional installation by experienced technicians will alleviate your concerns and help transform your patient experience.

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Topics: Patient Experience, Technology, TV Installation

9 Ways to Mount a Personal Patient Device

Posted by Erin Todd on Oct 15, 2018 3:46:44 PM

Space is a commodity in patient areas. When designing patient areas in healthcare facilities thoughtful consideration must be made for medical equipment placement, providing ample room for staff and guests, and the placement of amenities such as the patient TV also must be well planned.

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Topics: Patient Experience, Technology

The Anatomy of a Well-designed Arm TV System

Posted by Erin Todd on Jul 31, 2018 3:31:29 PM

 

When evaluating entertainment solutions for your patient experience, you want to be sure the device and connected hardware are safe, proven, reliable, and are intuitive to patients. Here’s a holistic overview of elements you should inspect to ensure you select the best arm-mounted bedside entertainment system for your patients.  
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Topics: Technology

Enhanced Entertainment on Healthcare TVs in a Snap

Posted by Cat Saettel on Jul 24, 2018 1:56:37 PM

Do you wish you could provide more entertainment and relaxation features through your patient TVs without the added cost or long set-up process that interactive patient systems require? 

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Topics: Patient Experience, Technology

How Nature Sounds Comforts Patients

Posted by Erin Todd on Jun 15, 2018 1:02:00 PM

It's no secret that anxiety plagues patients as they go through the uncertainty of healthcare treatments. Anxiety can also be exacerbated by medical circumstances such as drug use, phobias and mental disorders. Typical hospital environments don't make it easy for a patient to relax. The beeps of various medical machines, bustling hall noises, even the distinctive smells that waft through a clinical setting are enough to cause tension in a patient.

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Topics: Patient Experience

PDi Unveils Healthcare-Grade Patient Televisions with Enhanced Entertainment Features, Made Simple

Posted by Cat Saettel on Jun 13, 2018 10:27:44 AM

Healthcare-grade TVs offer patients added entertainment and relaxation options, no internet required. 

No internet, no problem! Driven by the mission of improving patient experience with entertainment technology since 1980, PDi Communication Systems, Inc., launched a unique line of large screen, healthcare-grade flat panel LED patient HDTV televisions that have integrated smart apps: The PDi A-Series. These TVs offer patients added entertainment and relaxation options for facilities not yet ready to turn on internet access. PDi is the nation’s largest manufacturer of complete healthcare-grade entertainment solutions from 14” arm-mounted tv or touchscreen systems thru 55” wall TVs. The A-Series by PDi is available in screen sizes 24”, 32”, 42” and 55”.

The A-Series changes the game in patient entertainment by using simple, thoughtful technology and design to provide more entertainment options to offer patients now, while providing a smart future-proof choice. 

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Topics: Innovation, Patient Experience, Technology

What do patients really want? 3 ways to deliver value to patients

Posted by Erin Todd on Dec 27, 2017 2:03:15 PM

 When it comes to their care, what do patients actually say about what they want?

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Topics: Patient Experience

Less Noise, Less Light, and More Engagement

Posted by Cat Saettel on Dec 4, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Dayton Children’s Hospital takes healthcare innovation and patient comfort to new heights in its new 8-story patient tower, which opened in June 2017 in Dayton, OH. From the first steps inside, the tower feels less like a sterile hospital and more like a children’s adventure land to explore. Full of color, open space and interactive play areas for kids, the theme of the tower pays tribute to Dayton’s key role in the innovation of human flight. Everywhere guests look they see “things that fly.” As patients and guests travel up to the patient floors, they encounter cutting edge patient technology for entertainment, education and more.

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Topics: Patient Experience

Four Ways to Better User Experience in Healthcare

Posted by Lynn Schutte, Coffee Break Communications LLC on Aug 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

 

User Experience (or UX) is the term that describes all aspects of a consumer’s interaction with a company, primarily those interactions that use technology. It is valuable because the quality of the user experience will influence whether the user chooses to come back and interact with the business again or recommend it to others. In healthcare, this is extremely valuable. First, a good user experience can influence a patient’s responses on exit surveys, which can only mean good things for you. Furthermore, going to the doctor or the hospital is not commonly thought of as a fun experience; patients are there because they must be there, and emotions are often running high. Creating a good user experience can help ease the stresses, frustrations, and discomfort the patients and their loved ones are feeling.

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Topics: Patient Experience, Technology

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