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The Hospital Room PC, Reimagined

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, January 14, 2014

If such a scenario comes to pass, for security and simplicity purposes, Intermountain would restrict the patient's device to a specified set of commands and interfaces. Holston doesn't want to have nurses distracted by having to teach patients how to use the system. Or, patients without their own devices might receive a tablet from Intermountain for use while in the room.

Intermountain is starting with ICU and ER scenarios because patients in those rooms are less likely to be using any device during their stay, but I can easily imagine the BYOD phenomenon breaking out once the pilot reaches main hospital beds.

Patient education will get a boost too, since the same infrastructure that delivers movies or games can also deliver interactive content about everything from procedures to patient discharge instructions.

Then there's the continuous monitoring aspect. Like other systems, Intermountain is demonstrating VisiMobile wrist-worn tech from Sotera Wireless that delivers a stream of continuous patient vital sign data to the electronic medical record. I was interested to learn that Sotera just received FDA approval to add the first-of-its-kind cuffless, continuous blood pressure monitoring to its mix of generated data.

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