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The Hospital Room PC, Reimagined

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, January 14, 2014

Xi3's PC probably doesn't look like any PC you have or had. It's a softball-sized, cube-shaped diskless wonder that also captures the fancy of computer gamers looking for an alternative to computer gaming consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox or Sony's PlayStation boxes.

In its first Intermountain incarnation, the Xi3 is becoming the chief enabler of room-to-room telemedicine services I described in the October 2013 issue of HealthLeaders magazine. From any Web browser, an Intermountain physician can establish a videoconference to the patient's room, as well as other room controls and information being generated by sensors in the room, Holston says.

At CES, however, Intermountain demonstrated the Xi3's set-top box capability to enhance the patient experience, providing patients with a rich computing experience of their own, ranging from Internet-based videoconferences with friends and loved ones to the kind of immersive movie watching and video gaming experiences that CES is known for.

Intermountain's Transformation Lab, which Holston runs, is still defining what kind of controller the patient will be using, but the term BYOD could take on new meaning. Holston tells me the healthcare system may give patients the option to bring their own consumer devices, such as tablets or phones, to access the in-room video and Internet services.

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