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Landmark Hospitals Pilots Wireless E-paper Patient Monitor

The information displays, designed for use at patient room entrances and bedsides, are the result of a partnership between E Ink and Digital Connected Intelligent Health Technology, and use a Wi-Fi connection to capture and display the latest vital statistics without the glare from LCD lights.
By Claire Swedberg
Sep 16, 2019

Landmark Hospitals reports that it is the first health-care provider to adopt a wireless electronic paper-based digital solution from a newly formed partnership between two technology companies. The system, provided by E Ink and Digital Connected Intelligent Health Technology (DCI), provides an electronic-ink display that enables medical personnel to share and update vital information about a patient. The solution is intended to enable the easy recording and sharing of a patient's most important data wirelessly, with devices that won't emit the glare of an LCD light, which can disturb patients.

With the solution, medical employees can update patient information in electronic medical records (EMRs) and forward key details to the e-paper displays mounted at a patient's bedside or room entrance, via a Wi-Fi connection. The system has been launched initially at one unit in its hospital in Naples, Fla., while the long-term plan is to expand to more units at multiple facilities.

Landmark Hospitals
E Ink provides the electronic ink display technology that health-care solutions company DCI builds into patient information displays (PIDs) and room information displays (RIDs). DCI's management software captures and forwards data, enabling the devices to display relevant patient information from a hospital's medical records software. Hospitals generally use a variety of manual signage to provide visual information to health-care providers regarding each patient in a given room, as well as the care he or she has received. That can mean manually written whiteboards, for instance. However, says Charlie Alvarez, DCI's CEO, these are often illegible.

Outside the room, the written reports are typically paper-based, difficult to read and inaccurate, due to the labor-intensive process involved in handwriting information and instructions. Different nursing units also have their own types of signage in place, dependent on the patients for whom they care. Inside a room, signage is typically in the form of a whiteboard, which can be inaccurate or difficult to read.

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