The Android platform is the most popular smartphone platform on the market today. In fact, 80% of smartphone users have Android devices, with over 1.4 billion in use today. In a nutshell, Android is popular. It’s also very flexible, due to its open-source platform. Android device users can download apps from the Android market, third-party sites, or create their own apps. As of today, there are over 500,000 Android apps available.
Android is also very easy to use, hence the introduction into hospitals.
There is no doubt most people understand “apps”. This “app” technology used in smartphones has trickled into tablets and televisions over the past several years. More and more, people are seeing and using apps.
HCI decided to adopt this app technology with its Android-powered televisions. The TVs are hospital grade and intended for use in healthcare facilities.
What is an Android TV and what does it do?
Simply, it’s a TV – has a TV tuner, plays your cable channels, the whole bit. But it does a lot more than that, too…
It has a built-in web browser. No extra boxes or computers. Surf Google right from the TV. Wired and wireless option. Play movies on demand (from a hard drive, network, flash drive). Entertain little ones…and bigger ones. It can do that and so much more:
- Education on demand, too. Think asthma, healthy eating, bypass surgery procedure, hundreds of other educational content.
- Share X-rays, PACS images, and more with pictures on demand.
- Play music files on demand or access radio via an Android app.
There are hundreds of thousands of apps to choose from and, because Android is open-source, custom apps can be created quickly and easily. Hospitals can have their own apps. Patients can access the news, weather, games, pharmacy, education, nutrition, on and on… HCI offers its own Android apps and can load apps for healthcare facilities.
Our solution for hospitals is our healthcare-grade 22”, 27”, 32”, 42” Android TVs and a variety of apps. Contact your local HCI dealer or HCI sales representative for more information.