The Android app 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, and rising. 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 marketplace, third-party sites, or create their own apps. As of today, there are over 2.96 million Android apps available. The power of Android has had and will continue to have a profound effect on our world.
Android technology and apps have become ubiquitous.
There is no doubt most people understand “apps”. Android App technology used in smartphones has been adopted into tablets and televisions over the past several years, being used for everything from gaming to sophisticated personal health and fitness monitoring and security management. Websites now need to be “mobile-friendly,” requiring the use of some type of Android app or other similar technology to be useable on smartphones. According to the Pew Institute, by 2010, one in four people in the United States were using some type of mobile app. Apps are now ubiquitous within the healthcare industry.
Android Apps in Hospitals
HCI has adopted this app technology with its Android-powered Interactive Whiteboards and interactive televisions in order to provide greater flexibility and scalability to healthcare providers, and help them “future-proof” their investment in technology. Interactive whiteboards are a perfect model for hospital technology adoption – doing a task better, faster, at less cost, with improved connection between patients and staff.
Power of Android Capabilities
HCI healthcare products use the Android platform as a basis for developing patient care and monitoring solutions to help providers increase patient throughput, lower costs, and above all, provide the best levels of care possible. By incorporating Android app technology, HCI can provide powerful, detailed patient data to providers in real time, which in turn helps them make better fiscal and human resource allocation decisions. The HCI Interactive Patient Care solution connects with any existing hospital or healthcare facility system, like the electronic health record system (EHR) – ADT, RTLS, BMS, LADP, PAC and more – to display patient vital statistics and allow clinicians to perform rounding and patient scheduling more effectively and efficiently. In conjunction with MediaCare, the healthcare apps HCI develops leverage the full power of Android to help patients achieve their best recovery.
The purpose of HCI Interactive Whiteboards is to replace outdated dry erase b boards. Using Android technology, HCI Interactive Whiteboards for the Hall, Patient room and Nurse’s Station pull information directly from a patient’s EHR to provide clinicians with vital statistics and scheduling, discharge goals and daily pain and movement goals. Nurses and Clinicians can perform touchscreen rounding and pain reporting and record results digitally, direct to the patient’s EHR to create a record of care. Since we can customize any display to a facility’s specific requirement, providers can tailor the displays that work best for them and their patients.
Interactive Patient Televisions
HCI Interactive televisions like the RoomMate have a TV tuner – to play cable channels, in-house network programming like Welcome videos – everything you would expect from a standard TV. But it does a lot more than that, too. They have a built-in web browser with no extra boxes or computers. Patients can surf the Web right from the TV, using our wired or wireless options. They can play movies on demand, from the provider network, flash drive or hard drive; or take advantage of entertainment and health education options with Android apps.
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