HCI Digital Whiteboards and Tablets for Patient Engagement

Interactive Digital Whiteboards vs. Traditional Whiteboards

Interactive digital whiteboards in patient rooms provide advantages dry erase boards can’t match. Indeed, the dry-erase board, found in every hospital unit and patient room is a long-standing communication tool used to display patient assignments, contact information, and critical clinical information.

In a typical twenty-five bed unit, it’s not uncommon for fifteen admissions, transfers and discharges to take place daily, and updating whiteboards is just a small part of that job. A patient’s status may change at any time – and so must the whiteboard. Caregiver assignments change multiple times per day – and so must the whiteboard. With so many moving parts, it’s simply not possible to keep information up to date. Clearly, interactive digital whiteboards change the game.

Fortunately, today’s hospital information systems track the majority of this information. Interactive digital whiteboards integrate with an electronic health record (EHR) system and other hospital information systems to update accurately, automatically and in real time. As a result, they provide better care team communication and offer a better patient experience.

Interactive digital whiteboards are a perfect model for hospital technology adoption – so they perform tasks better, faster, at less cost, and with improved connections between patients and staff.

Interactive UNIT Whiteboard

  • Touch-enabled display monitors a group of patients from a single location
  • HIPAA-compliant patient ID and room or bed number
  • Visitor restrictions and a log of staff entry and exits
  • Care team identification
  • Care history
  • InfoTile patient protocols and restrictions
  • Built-in camera, microphone and speakers
  • Nurse Call Alerts: Supports as many Alerts as are needed for the patient
  • Integrates with EHR, Nurse Call, RTLS, ADT, LDAP, “Smart” Bed Systems, BMS, PAC, EVS and more
  • Surgical scheduling module to manage OR scheduling
  • Nurse Call Companion module to initiate video from Nurses’ station to patient
  • Portrait or landscape orientation
  • Configurable hospital colors and branding
HCI Interactive Unit Whiteboard with Room Status updates.

Interactive Digital Whiteboards Outperform Traditional Dry Erase Boards

  • ACCURACY – EHR integration delivers accurate, complete and consistent information in real-time to all connected interactive Digital Whiteboards.
  • CONSISTENCY – Information is consistently reported in the same format no matter which Caregiver is entering the patient data. Each member of the Care Team sees the same information and can update information for other clinicians to view in real-time.
  • SPEED – Room and Patient alerts are reported instantly, with elapsed time-to-response tracked for data reporting. Patients have access to important information about their treatment they might not otherwise receive until the next medical round.
  • TIME SAVINGS – Automated updates reduce the time needed to collect patient data, find markers, clean boards and write information by hand. Integration with key hospital systems automates whiteboard updates, eliminating redundant nonclinical work.
  • PATIENT SATISFACTION – Patients and families are familiar and comfortable with the aesthetic of a digital whiteboard. They find the displayed information trustworthy and easier to read. Since information is updated in real-time, they know their care plan is accurate.
  • EDUCATION OUTCOMES – Displayed education reminders increase the level of staff assigning education to a patient, so patients view content at a higher rate. E-learning is more effective than expensive printed paper content which can be misplaced, accidentally discarded or left behind.
  • REPORTING – With Digital Whiteboards, all information is automatically retained in the patient’s EHR, so updates made to any of the connected devices reflect instantly on all connected devices. What’s more, information is available outside of the room or unit. MediaCare provides granular and aggregated reporting for better decision-making.
  • RETURN ON INVESTMENT – Digital Whiteboards pay for themselves through improved patient outcomes, streamlined workflow, and lower maintenance or replacement costs. Remote network administration from a central location eliminates the need for individual patient room visits to manage equipment.