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.

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.