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Healthcare Apps are Everywhere

Apps are ubiquitous and can be used to provide patients a better hospital experience.

It seems like every consumer marketplace has an app nowadays for anything you could want to do. As the demand for this technology continues to grow, the availability of apps for personal devices has become ubiquitous. Healthcare is no exception. When patients go into a hospital stay with their personal devices, they expect more flexibility with apps they can use. There are telehealth apps, cardiac check apps, vital statistics apps, blood sugar apps – not to mention the social and entertainment apps. Patients might choose any of these to use during their stay. And that doesn’t count entertainment apps and video chat apps to keep friends up to date on their progress.

Patient using mobile app and smartphone for media consumption and entertainment in hospital.

App Innovation from the Start

At HCI, we love challenges and rise to meet them. Our focus on patient engagement led us to develop CareApps. CareApps give patients more options for their care and gives providers options with opportunities for lowering costs. HCI has always been at the cutting edge of healthcare innovation, and app development for smart hospitals is no exception. Our Interactive Digital Whiteboard apps, including Telehealth and videoconference apps. We developed the Image Viewer, which allows providers to pull and annotate scans directly from a patient’s EHR in the patient’s room. To activate patient engagement, we developed CareApps for self service.

The appeal of commercial apps to provide health information ‘on the go’ has motivated researchers to utilize commercial apps for behavioral interventions that incorporate proven health behavior changes techniques (BCTs) such as self-monitoring, real-time feedback, social support, and rewards.” 1

Better Patient Education supports patients to better understand their prescriptions to avoid sentient events.
Patient prescription fulfillment request on HCI BedMate Tablet TV.

What Are CareApps?

Our goal is to take each patient experience to the next level with care consistency, service and choices for entertainment. We developed patient and Care Team apps that run on the AndroidTM operating system in healthcare facilities, which have transformed many aspects of clinical practice. CareApps provide a flexible and future proof platform to entertain, educate and inform patients and visitors like never before. Through MediaCare, IT departments can remotely connect, monitor, and control HCI devices and tailor CareApps to their patient population. Working in tandem with HCI interactive TVs and Digital Whiteboards, you can offer patients a range of opportunities for connection and offer staff a smoother workflow. 

Patient Engagement and Self-Service

Push messaging allows providers to send treatment reminders, prescribe educational content and offer marketing messages through MediaCare.

Providers can demonstrably lower costs by automating routine, non-clinical tasks with MediaCare’s smart platform. Or, send service requests direct to departments, such as EVS, BMS, Foodservice, etc. Nurses and clinicians can turn their attention back to building patient relationships and collaborating with colleagues to deliver higher quality care, and administrators can use MediaCare reporting data to schedule resources.

Service Request feature on HCI bedside hospital tablet.

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[1]C. Vorakulpipat, E. Rattanaleadnusorn, S. Sirapaisan and V. Savangsuk, “From hospital to patient’s hand: A self-service device for checking patient status information using big data analysis,” 2015 IEEE 5th International Conference on Consumer Electronics – Berlin (ICCE-Berlin), Berlin, Germany, 2015, pp. 476-479, doi: 10.1109/ICCE-Berlin.2015.7391315.