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By Beth Bacheldor

UAB Medicine to Adopt Connexient's Indoor Wayfinding Solution

UAB Medicine, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's academic health center and health system, has announced plans to use Connexient's MediNav Navigator Edition 2.0 wayfinding system for UAB Hospital and its Kirklin Clinic. MediNav provides indoor maps, as well as indoor navigation and location-based services, Connexient says. The solution utilizes Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, supplied by a variety of providers, that work in conjunction with a mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

The system is designed to function as an indoor GPS for patients, visitors and personnel, Connexient reports. By helping visitors find their way through the facilities, the company explains, the system can improve the overall patient experience in order to increase customer satisfaction, help reduce missed or late appointments, and improve operational efficiency.

Features include turn-by-turn indoor navigation with voice prompts, off-route notification, visual landmark references and more. These features navigate users to the best parking location, based on their appointment location inside the facility; records their car's location for easy return when they are finished; directs visitors to vital information; and guides users across all the challenges of a campus or networks of facilities. MediNav also features mobile application software development kits and web-based application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable the integration of maps and navigation into existing mobile and web applications.

Deployment of the wayfinding system at UAB Medicine is currently under way. Due to the size and complexity of the college's campus, Connexient notes, the technology is not expected to be fully operational until next summer.

"As one of the largest academic medical centers in the nation, UAB Medicine's Birmingham campus comprises over 4 million square feet of buildings, plus multiple parking facilities," said Reid Jones, UAB Medicine's COO, in a prepared statement. "Connexient's all-screens solution and turn-by-turn blue-dot mobile navigation will be a valuable resource for our patients, visitors and staff to safely and easily find their way on our large campus. We also see many future opportunities to improve operational efficiency, campus safety and more by integrating the MediNav SDK and Web APIs with other enterprise applications."

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