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Bedside Tablets and Apps are Giving Patients Some Control Over Care


By Cathryn Jakicic Health Care Facilities
doctor / patient with tablet

Many hospitals are now offering “interactive patient-care systems” — a tablet with controls and apps patients can use, including one with access to their hospital medical information, according to The Washington Post.

The apps provide medical information, such as medications and dosage, procedures, daily care schedules, test results and education videos; photos of the patient’s physicians and nurses; and an expected date of discharge.

Hospitals are using different avenues to get patients comfortable with the tech. At UCSF Medical Center, technology volunteers show patients and family members how the devices work.

But a study published last year recommended having more printed materials available to explain how the systems.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, visit Healthcare Facilities Today.

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