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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

In May of this year, Landmark installed 10 units in one patient-care area. When a patient is assigned to the room where the unit is installed, the DCI software captures his or her vital statistics from the EMR system, then utilizes a Wi-Fi connection to transmit that data to the unit. The unit's built-in Wi-Fi radio captures that data, then displays the details. The technology uses the hospital's existing Wi-Fi network, while the software resides on Landmark's server. Users can access the software to update the data at any time.

Landmark Hospitals plans to begin expanding the system by adding more units. In the meantime, DCI is in the process of deploying this technology at other hospitals. Based on the initial unit deployment, LaPorte says, the technology is proving to boost efficiency. The solution, she adds, "saves management money by not needing nurses to spend time handwriting whiteboards where it may be hard to understand or misinterpreted, not up-to-date, or just not done." Since it saves providers time, LaPorte explains, the technology enables them to have more face-time with patients, "instead of toting the computer or a chart with them to be updating the whiteboards."

Ancillary providers, such as attending physicians, physical therapists or members of the clergy, can also see who is taking care of a given patient, then look for that staff member if they need to talk. "Patients like it," LaPorte says, "because it is a built-in safety net with their information that is updated automatically or can be push-updated with the touch of a button." What's more, she adds, families appreciate knowing who their loved ones' nurses and doctors are as soon as they are admitted into a room.

In the long term, Landmark Hospitals is looking into expanding the solution to other units of its facility. The technology could provide time savings for health-care providers, the company reports, as well as a safety benefit by preventing errors.

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