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.

Why BlackJack?

If you work with or around hospital beds, it is likely you have experienced a broken bed cable and damaged walls.  Damage occurs from hospital beds being moved without disconnecting the cables first. Damaged or broken cables mean that time and money are being wasted for repairs when those precious resources could be used better elsewhere. A solution for this problem is a breakaway cable, and an even better solution is a magnetic breakaway cable. HatchMed’s BlackJack Breakaway Bed Cable is the only magnetic breakaway nurse call cable.

BlackJack was invented by the founders of HatchMed -- a Seattle-based company founded in 2011. The goal of HatchMed is to offer products that solve common functionality headaches in hospitals, and with that, BlackJack was created. So, the answer to ‘Why BlackJack’ is simple: it makes sense.

Our BlackJack Magnetic Breakaway Bed Cable is such a no-brainer solution that it’s surprising no one else has thought of this before. Making and maintaining a consistent connection with 37 individual pins is not impossible, but when it is put inside a busy hospital room where people and things move around frequently, it becomes problematic. The safety of patients depends on that connection. Thus, it is evident that BlackJack is the leading way to guarantee a connection and prevent damage.

BlackJack cables have 37 durable contacts that are individually spring-loaded, gold-plated, and magnetically backed. It guarantees connectivity while resisting corrosion and damage. Many facilities are increasingly conscious of their HCAHPS scores. Something as simple as a secure communication cable can have a positive impact on a patient’s satisfaction with their stay. Patients will be dissatisfied if their nurse call cable is not connected, because it prevents them from receiving help when they press the call button, and assistance if they are exiting the bed.

Take a look at some feedback from one of our satisfied customers:

“I rank this 20+ out of 10 for anybody and everybody. It’s so simple, there is no programming involved. You just install the cable and you no longer need to fiddle around with a 37 pin cable, and one person can install it in 5-10 minutes with nothing more than a screwdriver. We haven’t had a service call since we got BlackJack, and we haven’t had to replace wall plugs or repair torn up walls either. It’s more durable, looks better, easier to clean, and doesn’t break down with bleaching. You don’t need to unscrew the setup to clean the bed and prep for the next patient, so it cuts down on turnaround time. This is one of the greatest little assets for the bed we’ve ever gotten.”