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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

E Ink spun off from MIT Media Lab in 1997 with its first e-paper technology. The company makes display products globally for brands and manufacturers. In 2009, the firm was acquired by Taiwan's Prime View International, whose products include e-readers, electronic shelf labels, e-notes, e-paper mobile devices and digital signage.

DCI already offered displays that are employed by clinicians, doctors, patients, and their family members and friends, Alvarez says. Physicians can view the displays outside of patients' rooms in order to remember which patients they are caring for, as well as read notes regarding a patient's preferences and precautions (for example, a request that staff members knock before entering). Clinicians can use the display inside the room to improve patient engagement, since they have immediate access to patient and treatment information at the bedside. Now, with the E Ink partnership, the displays lack the bright lights of the LCD versions.

Landmark's Sara LaPorte
The RIDs are typically mounted outside rooms to allow family members and practitioners to know who is caring for a patient in a specific room, LaPorte explains. Information such as the patient having a high fall risk, or being hard of hearing, can be displayed on the RID. The display outside each room enables information to be viewed before an individual enters, thereby offering precaution, for instance, if there is a risk of infection that might require visitors to wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

The PIDs, mounted inside the rooms, provide hospital personnel with the information they require, including a patient's name, a "do not resuscitate" status, any allergies or dietary requirements, that person's diagnosis and any procedures that may have been done, LaPorte says, "without having to find the nurse caring for the patient."

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