Patient Choice with Pillow Speakers from HCI
To make hospitalization more comfortable and home-like for patients, entertainment, games and internet access can help pass the time. With an ergonomic Pillow Speaker connected to Interactive BedMate Tablet TVs, RoomMate TVs or the HUB Set Top box, patients have a range of entertainment and education options at their fingertips to support their rest goals and recovery. Our pillow speakers are compatible with all major Nurse Call systems for patient safety and alert notifications.
Large buttons and icons are easy to use, and the icons on the keypad are easily identifiable for those with comprehension or language challenges. Our pillow speakers work with all major brands of televisions in addition to our MediaCare-powered devices.
Unlike other pillow speaker products, HCI Pillow Speakers have a unique custom embedded speaker board which interfaces with all Android© devices. HCI’s pillow speaker can be configured to fit into any legacy environment and use Android technology for the widest range of device accessibility. That means no matter the tech environment your facility has, HCI devices and pillow speakers can seamlessly integrate in your facility for entertainment, Nurse Call and TV control, compatible with your existing wiring. Our Pillow Speakers are designed for infection control, too. They can be cleaned with hospital-grade cleaners to reduce the chance of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and reduce the viral load. They’re UL-Listed and oxygen safe for regulatory compliance.
Pillow Speakers for Bi-Directional Communication
When the Nurse or Clinician needs to initiate a video call with a patient, they simply touch a soft key on the connected HCI Interactive Whiteboard to launch a pillow speaker audio path to the patient’s room. Once the Nurse or Clinician receives permission from the patient to proceed with a video call, they can begin a CleanCall with the Patient by pressing a soft key on the touchscreen of the connected interactive device.
The Techie Stuff: Keybinding for Interoperability
Taking heavy influences from the Android Operating System philosophy of wide compatibility, we created HCI’s pillow speaker board with the ability to bind any Android function to any pillow speaker key. This is called “Keybinding.” In addition to its unique keybinding feature, the pillow speaker supports all legacy, current, and future key additions to the main pillow speaker types. No matter what the facility setup, buttons can be remapped to any Android function that isn’t native to existing speakers with a simple click of a button. This feature can then be cloned to all other devices in the facility, providing an optimized Android experience for patients. With MediaCare and CareApps, the experience is seamless and provides a range of choices.
Pillow Speaker Control
HCI’s board doesn’t stop at user control; through the implementation of its RJ-12 port, our devices can be controlled by any number of third-party controllers. These controllers can help to automate different built-in features on the device, such as recognizing an AV signal and automatically switching to that source. In the case of the HUB, the pillow speaker board ensures the HUB can also be the controlling device for many common TVs, such as Samsung, LG, and all HCI RoomMate and BedMate televisions.
Time Savings and Ease of Use for IT Staff
Because the pillow speaker board is completely integrated with the device, it updates automatically at the same time as the device. This means that IT staff no longer need to break out special hardware tools just to upgrade a separate part of the TV. If it’s connected with MediaCare, you only need an internet browser to completely update the device.
Backlit Pillow Speaker for Dim Conditions
With our Crest Pillow Speaker model, the keys are backlit so patients can see the large buttons in dark or dim conditions. If they need to press the Nurse Call button, it’s easy to see. The keypad has both navigational and numeric buttons to move around the TV for channel or show selection, or changing back to the Home Screen.
In the dark, the backlighting remains illuminated for extra light in case of a fall. With video patient monitoring, Nurses can see where the patient is in their room from the backlight in the Pillow Speaker.
For even more flexibility, consider the HCI Visitor’s Station, which allows two people in the patient room to operate the TV when a dual pillow speaker card is installed.
HCI’s novel approach to the indispensable Pillow Speaker is another example of the innovative thinking that goes into our patient-centered solutions and products.