E Ink Holdings and Digital, Connected, Intelligent Health Technology Inc (DCI) have announced their collaboration launching digital healthcare displays using E Ink. The Patient Information Display and the Room Information Display created by DCI offer hospitals enhanced communication with staff and patients by replacing handwritten whiteboards with low power, highly readable E Ink based displays that pull essential information from the Electronic Health Record to clinical staff and patient areas, ensuring accurate communication and information exchange. Landmark Hospitals in Naples, Florida, is the first installation of this technology in the US. With seven hospitals across four states in the US, Landmark Hospitals embraces innovation and technology to provide its patients with the best medical care and long-term wellness. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Flexible, Printed and Organic Electronics 2019-2029.
DCI and E Ink worked together to create a product that enhances the patient experience without changing the clinical workflow. Through the use of E Ink's displays and DCI's manufacturing and software knowledge, hospitals now have the ability to show essential information on display that is easy to install, without the glare and blue light of a typical LCD screen. E Ink's reflective displays are easy to read at any viewing angle and just like paper, are easy on the eyes, allowing patients undisturbed sleep, a critical factor in healing.
The Room Information Display is placed outside of the patient's room, and contains precautions and other important information for the care staff. The Patient Information Display is placed inside the patient room, allowing the patient, family, and care staff immediate access to the most up-to-date patient and healthcare information. Both the PID and RID are updated through wireless communication protocols in a Central Management System, which allows scalability across an entire hospital and health system.
"By integrating E Ink's leading display technology into our Patient and Room Information Displays, we're putting seamless communication tools into the hands of healthcare providers so they can continue giving patients the care that Landmark is known for," said Charlie Alvarez, CEO at DCI. "Dr. Kapp, the Chairman of Landmark Hospitals, and his team recognize the importance of innovation in healthcare, and that is evident in the way they operate each and every day."
DCI's Patient Information Display and Room Information Display offer a 21st century solution to the age-old problem of communication errors. A 2015 report conducted by CRICO strategies, a division of the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions, studied the relationship between malpractice risks and communication errors. The report found that an estimated 30 percent of malpractice cases that occurred between 2009 and 2013 resulted from communication errors. In this study, 44 percent of those communication error- and malpractice-related cases resulted in either serious harm to the patient or the patient's death. It was also reported that on average, caregivers waste 45 minutes per day due to inefficient communication systems, which costs the average U.S. hospital $1 million USD annually. Additionally, Accenture reported in 2017 that US hospitals spend about $12 billion USD a year due to poor communication.
"The Patient and Room Information Displays have the potential to prevent medical errors by displaying information such as a DNR order and allergies," said Sara LaPorte, VP of Nursing at Landmark Hospitals. "Since the displays are wirelessly and continuously updated, our nursing staff saves time doing manual updates and can focus on care of the patient, creating a better overall experience."
"E Ink is honored to be part of the roll-out at Landmark Hospitals," said Paul Apen, Chief Strategy Officer at E Ink. "Solutions like this continue to push the boundaries of what sustainable, low-power display technology can do. We will carry on our work with DCI to implement next generation smart healthcare options at leading technology hospitals in the U.S."
Source and top image: E Ink Holdings
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