Interactive vs. Traditional Whiteboards

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 is 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 also 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 is simply not possible to keep information up to date.

Fortunately, today’s modern hospital information systems track the majority of this information. Interactive whiteboards integrate with an electronic health record (EHR) and other hospital information systems to update accurately, automatically and in real time.

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.

Interactive UNIT Whiteboard

  • Patient ID and Room Number
  • Visitor Restrictions
  • Care Team
  • Care History
  • InfoTiles Patient Protocols
  • Nurse Call Alerts
  • Admin Module
  • Custom Hospital Colors and Branding
  • Android OS
  • Portrait or Landscape
  • Integrates with EMR, Nurse Call, RTLS, LDAP, Beds
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Interactive Whiteboards Outperform Traditional Dry Erase Boards

  • ACCURACY – EHR integration delivers accurate, complete, and consistent information in real-time.
  • 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 in real-time, direct to the patient’s EHR, with Interactive Patient Solutions from HCI.
  • SPEED – Room and Patient alerts are reported instantly, with elapsed time-to-response times tracked for data reporting and staffing management. 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 the information by hand. Integration with existing medical record and key hospital systems (i.e., nutrition, scheduling) automates whiteboard updates, eliminating redundant nonclinical work.
  • Patient Satisfaction – Patients and families are familiar and comfortable with the aesthetic of a digital whiteboard and find the displayed information trustworthy and easier to read. Since information is updated in real-time, they know their care plan and data is accurate, and in the case of any issues, service recovery is possible while the patient is still in care.
  • EDUCATION OUTCOMES – Displaying education reminders increases the level of staff assigning education to a patient, and patients view the 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 EMR. Information is available outside of the room or unit, and patient data is not erased or misunderstood.
  • RETURN ON INVESTMENT – Digital Whiteboards pay for themselves through improved patient outcomes, streamlined workflow, and lower maintenance or replacement costs. Network administration from a central location eliminates the need for individual patient room visits to update dry erase boards or distribute printed information.
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