Evolution of Patient Entertainment Systems
Over the last couple of decades the healthcare market has seen a alot of different patient entertainment solutions. What developments and trends have we seen? And how have these systems evolved in today's solution?
Taking into account the rapid changes we have seen patient entertainment systems go through over the last couple of years, we expect great innovation for the future.
Expected in 2016: Addition of the possibility to connect the interactive patient terminal to wearable healthcare devices.
This year shows some great developments in patient entertainment solutions. Major manufacturers invested in producing a new system combining the technological and price benefits from the tablet industry with the ergonimic benefits of a terminal. This resulted in a new Android based terminal, using an app based technology and priced very economically, suiting todays' market.
The terminal's flexibility has also opened up the possibility for care facilities to implement a combination of solutions, depending on the area it will be used in and the people using it. That way terminals, TVs and tablets can be deployed wherever they fit best.
Economical Solutions: Smart TV, Tablet and BYOD
When the healthcare market was put under pressure by changing financial and economic support from governments and healthcare insurance companies, more cost effective alternatives for the bedside terminal came to market. Smart TV, BYOD and tablet solutions were found to be priced more favorably and fit the current market demand better than the more expensive bedside terminal.
A bedside terminal was developed as an integrated solution from the existing TV, phone and radio functions and adding to that the option to use the internet.
Later the terminal's functionality was expanded and it became possible for hospitals to add room control, meal ordering and a nurse call to the same system, so patients would have only one device to use for everything they needed.
Phone + CRT TV + Radio
For a long time, hospital patients would find a square CRT TV in their room, combined with a regular phone to call friends and family and a separate radio so that they could listen to music. It took until 2005 for a serious quality terminal solution to come in and combine these media into one patient entertainment system.