Putting Healthcare In Your Hands- Apple’s plan to put iPads in every hospital

Photo courtesy of Apple

Photo courtesy of Apple

“Healthcare providers can deliver the best care when they have powerful, intuitive tools. Our technology helps them work effectively within hospitals, connect remotely with patients, and conduct groundbreaking medical research. The result is care that becomes more efficient, more personalized, and ultimately more human.” - Apple

Apple products, such as iPhones and iPads, have been used by certain hospitals for several years now. However, only recently Apple went public about making moves to get a tighter grip on the $3 trillion healthcare market. According to ICT & Health, Apple wants to help patients have digital health information at their fingertips by shifting from USBs and CD-ROMs to mobile. An Apple spokesperson stated, “Leading hospitals and health systems are using Apple products to transform all aspects of health care inside the hospital and beyond” while emphasizing the privacy and security of iOS as a key factor for Apple’s growth in hospitals.

Though some hospitals are making the shift toward mobile, making their facilities cutting-edge, there are still hospitals with reservations. Compared to other sectors, such as finance and retail, hospitals across the United States have been relatively slow to adopt mobile and consumer technologies. The reason why? Doctors and other healthcare professionals are hesitant to change their processes. According to Fast Company, only recently have physicians have fully adapted to the shift away from pagers, clipboards, and fax machines. On the other hand, patients have quickly adapted to the changes and have already been using the technology in their daily lives. Patients are able to research their prescriptions, direct message people in their care team, and quickly get answers about their health.

Apple’s work puts patients at the center of their care.

According to Ben Bajarin, a technology analyst who has been tracking Apple’s move into health care, “Health is a sensitive area, and it’s not consumer-oriented.” He says, “You don’t just have to pass the Federal Communications Commission, you have to go through a lot of regulatory protocols, including the FDA.” But, according to Fast Company, Bajarin feels that Apple’s move to healthcare was a long time coming. Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, realized how “broken and bad” many health care processes were, such as poor user experience, after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Apple will not be making their own apps, instead, they are working with top developers who were already working on apps for health care. Apple has already introduced three software services- CareKit, ResearchKit, and HealthKit. These software services should help developers and consumers pull together disparate health information, such as steps, heart rate, and sleep, into one place. HealthKit is designed to make it easier for developers to gather health data. ResearchKit is designed to help researchers recruit participants for their studies. CareKit is aimed at helping patients with chronic conditions share data with their care team. With these efforts, Apple has now made strides in three foundational areas: hospital care, at-home care, and medical research.

Here at HatchMed, we recognize the many benefits that tablets bring to hospitals. Benefits like increased HCAHPS scores, patient education, improved communication, and many more. We are eager to help bring iPads to the hospital bed rail.

The 17 Best Healthcare Infographics of 2017

2017 has already brought an ample amount of extremely well-designed and in-depth healthcare and technology related infographics. Infographics are a great way to display information in a visually appealing format.

Here are 17 of the best healthcare infographics of 2017.

1. Five Healthcare Predictions for 2017 created by Oliver Wyman

2. Healthcare Almanac 2017 by Clearstate

3. 8 Ways To Improve Patient Satisfaction by HatchMed

4. Quality Improvement in Healthcare by MarkLogic

5. Healthcare Spending in the United States by IHME

6. Major Drugs Going Off-Patient in 2017 by Dickson Data

7. A Look Ahead Into Top 2017 Trends: Preparing For The New Age of the Healthcare Customer by Windstream

8. Is Mobile Healthcare the Future? by greatcall

9. Healthcare Breaches By Number by Secure360

10. Improving HCAHPS Scores Through Healthcare Design by ASHE

11. 4 Competencies to Choose a Right Vendor for Healthcare Product Training by CommLab India

12. How Modern Healthcare Is Being Revolutionized By Social Media by Canadian Pharmacy King

13. Virtual Reality for Healthcare by Luminous

14. 8 Tips to Enhance Communication and Connectivity in Healthcare by Singlewire Software

15. Mobility in Healthcare by Avast

16. Mechatronics: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare by New Jersey Institute of Technology

17. The Anatomy of a Heath IT Ecosystem by University of Cincinaniti 

3 Nurseproof Hospital Bed Accessories For Small Hospitals

With all the resources and care medical equipment manufacturers devote to making quality hospital beds and surgical equipment, it is amazing that the accessories accompanying these items do not meet the same quality standards. Most manufacturers in the medical equipment industry make great, quality beds, surgical equipment, and items that help with the ease of patient care. At HatchMed we believe the details matter. We focus on the details that make a hospital room more comfortable and efficient while improving the functionality and usability for both patient and caregiver. Here are 3 nurse proof hospital bed accessories for small hospitals.

1. Tablet Mounts

Being stuck in a hospital bed is like being stuck in an airplane seat, no one wants to be there. Unlike an airplane, there is no first class hospital bed, but if we treat our hospital beds somewhat like airline seats, then hospitals should provide patients access to entertainment or distraction, in the form of a tablet. Tablets can help time pass by more quickly, they allow nurses to video monitor their patients, they increase patient satisfaction, and more.

Some common concerns with providing patients with hospital owned tablets are that they could be broken or stolen, not to mention that holding a tablet can be unrealistic for a recovering patient. A solution for those concerns is a tablet mount that locks to the patient’s bed rail, making the tablet always convenient for the patient. HatchMed’s tablet mount locks to hospital bed rails with a key, ensuring that they won’t get in the way of nurses and eliminating the risk of the tablets being stolen or broken.

2. Breakaway Nurse Call Cable

Nurse call cables are one of those absolutely necessary hospital bed accessories for small hospitals. These cables allow patients to communicate with nurses whenever they need assistance.

Standard nurse call or breakaway cables get damaged because they can’t stand the wear and tear they receive in hospital rooms. This damage results from either forgetting to remove the cable prior to bed movement or while attempting to reconnect the cable.

The constant replacement of standard nurse call cables is a costly recurring expense. A solution to this problem is BlackJack - the only magnetic breakaway nurse call cable. BlackJack is compatible with all hospital beds and nurse call systems, it is easy to use, has a 1-minute installation, reduces patient falls, and it ensures nurse call connectivity.

3. Overbed Tables

Overbed tables are a handy and necessary accessory for patients that are in recovery or bedridden. These little tables have sturdy wheeled bases that fit under a bed, while the neck of the table is able to adjust to the most convenient height for the patient. Overbed tables offer a space to eat, play, write, and perform other tasks.

In conclusion, high-quality hospital equipment is expected by a patient, but going one step further by making their hospital stay more comfortable and efficient goes a long way. Providing patients with entertainment, and simple accessories, such as an overbed table, makes a big difference in a patient’s perception of their hospital experience.


7 Facilities Manager Interview Questions To Be Prepared For

Facilities managers have the responsibility of maintaining a safe, well-cared for work space, and the responsibilities vary from overseeing the day-to-day use of the hospital to striving to reduce operational costs. Facilities managers may face a variety of situations while looking after the hospital. To discover your ingenuity, dependability, and critical thinking skills you may be asked behavioral or situational questions. Since the position will have you managing personnel, it is important to be prepared to answer questions about your leadership and communication abilities.  

Here are 7 facilities manager interview questions to be prepared for.

1. Why do you want this job?

Companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job they are applying for. With that, you should have a good answer as to why you want the job. Hospitals rely on Facilities Managers to keep the workplace safe and functioning, and to solve any problems that inevitably come up to maintain safety for staff and patients. When answering this question you should identify a couple of key factors that makes the position a great fit for you and share what you love about the hospital.

2. What are your goals as a facilities manager?

This question could be asked in several different forms, such as “What are you looking for in a job” or “Relating to your career, where do you see yourself in 5 years?”. When asking this question, the interviewer is looking for you to connect your personal goals to the company. To answer this question, you should relate your goals to the job features, which will show the research you did before the interview (e.g. reduce patient falls, ensure total connectivity to nurse call system, create a more efficient workspace for nursing staff...etc). If you know what you aren’t looking for in a position or why you are leaving your current job, incorporate that in your answer; just be sure to not talk poorly about your current employer.

3. Why did you leave your last job?

This is one of the most commonly asked interview questions, so you’ll need to be able to talk about why you left your last job. When asking this question the interviewer is most likely looking for if you left for a good reason if you left voluntarily, and if you left on good terms.

4. Tell us about a time you had a difficult time coordinating everyone for a maintenance project. How did you resolve it?

When an interviewer asks this question, they are looking at your leadership and communication skills. Take this opportunity to show that you are a problem solver and have the ability to lead and communicate with a group. It is best to have a specific example story prepared about your experience that highlights the problem and the steps it took to resolve it. For example, if there was a large change in your previous facility for equipment, what steps did you take to make sure the change occurred smoothly with minimal impact on patients and caregiving staff?

5. How do you feel about doing some manual labor when necessary?

Your answer to this question will ultimately show what kind of a worker you are. If you say that you are open to doing manual labor when necessary it shows that you are a fair leader that does whatever it takes to get the job done. Just be sure to answer honestly.

6. What would you want to accomplish in your first three months if hired?

This is a question where you can showcase your expertise on what is relevant in the industry and the research you've done on the facility. Demonstrate your grasp of the latest environmental codes and standards safety, water, emergency and energy management, and JCAHO requirements. Share your viewpoints on the effectiveness or ROI on different medical devices or energy saving plans, though be sure to be tactful in case it is something the hospital currently uses. Not only does this question give you the opportunity to discuss your ideas, it demonstrates your industry expertise, ongoing education and your ability to plan for realistic goals. 

7. What do you know about our company?

This goes back to researching the company before you have the interview. This also ties directly into the position itself because as Facilities Manager, you are expected to be a leader in the organization. To do your job properly, you must be familiar with every part of the facility you work for and the healthcare industry at large. When researching the hospital, go beyond the mission statement and look for information that you can relate to your passions and experience.

The interview is the time to really show your talents, it is your chance to prove that you have what it takes to support the hospital’s mission. Attention to detail, strategic planning, and communication are all required to be a successful Facilities Manager, so take the opportunity to prove you have all of these skills and are the best person for the job.