Beacons, App Help Patients, Employees Navigate Huge Clinic

By Doug

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The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC), located in Bethesda, Md., has launched an app that leverages data from beacons to guide patients and personnel around a 3-million-square-foot building. Every day, thousands of patients, physicians and researchers travel throughout the miles of hallways crisscrossing the NIHCC. The clinical center is using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based app to help those individuals navigate the large facility. Learn how the app could be expanded to enable a user to designate whether he or she is a patient, visitor or staff member seeking directions. With such functionality, the app could then present content relevant to that person’s needs.