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Hospitals Entice Patients with iPads, Quiet Spaces

Marianne Aiello, for HealthLeaders Media, January 8, 2014

Most of the rooms will be "same-handed" which means that they are designed with an identical layout so that navigation is instinctive for staff—an idea that came from the airline industry, says architect Ted Moore.

"Pilots move from plane to plane to plane, and if you moved the controls in every kind of plane, they might make a mistake under pressure … so the idea is create some commonality between all the rooms so when a nurse needs to find something in the room, it's generally in the same location," he told The Florida Trend.

As a result, these rooms will also be quieter than traditional mirrored patient rooms, where he headwall of a patient bed in one room is shared with the headwall of the bed in the adjacent room.

If you've ever been a patient on a loud, bustling floor, you know that a little peace and quiet can make all the difference.

iPads Make Waiting Rooms Obsolete
My local coffee shop recently transitioned to a tablet POS system, which seems to jibe with their distressed leather armchairs and organic fair-trade coffee. However, I'm not sure what I'd think if I were checked into a doctor's appointment with an iPad.

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Todd (1/12/2014 at 7:28 PM)
At least some US hospitals are attempting to catch up to some private, first class JCI Accredited facilities abroad. But sadly most have a long way to go to catch up to the quality at Bumrungrad, Severance and others.