Some of the most interesting and successful projects we get to help out with involve digital signs. These signs are more popular than ever as a wide variety of industries begin to understand their appeal, and part of that appeal lies in their versatility. As technology improves and users inject their creativity, we’re seeing digital signs used in ways you’d never believe just a few short years ago.
But while many of those projects involve entertainment or advertising, perhaps the most rewarding digital sign projects are in the healthcare industry, where doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and patients rely on the signs for security, organization and even therapy. Here are a few ways that incorporating digital signs into your healthcare facility can improve the lives of everyone involved.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of patients, staff and guests come through the hospital doors every day. Each person must be accounted for due to the personal and sensitive nature of hospital procedures. For decades, that meant filling out loads of paperwork and filing it in an overcrowded and complicated system of cabinets and folders. Of course, electronic filing is nothing new, but digital signage in hospitals allow staff to take it further. Through real-time updates and access to a digital network, hospital staff can more quickly share information, identify patients and take the correct course of action, ensuring accuracy and safety for all who come through the doors.
For the largest health care facilities, digital signage is necessary for navigation. These facilities include multiple buildings, care-specific wings, as well as connecting pathways that can be confusing to newcomers. A strategically installed wayfinding system can inform and direct emergency room visitors, emergency professionals and hospital employees, all of whom need the most efficient route and plan of action in the case of an emergency.
Any healthcare professional will tell you that one of the most important factors in the success of a facility is communication. As healthcare networks grow larger, that communication becomes even more important. Doctors and staff often rotate throughout a network of facilities, sometimes miles away from one location to the next. Digital signage for hospitals can help visualize scheduling information as well as track the location of doctors and patients in real-time. This brings clarity and improves communication between hospital staff during the day’s many stressful situations.
There’s no doubt that hospital digital signage can work wonders for the efficiency and effectiveness of hospital staff. But the most exciting development in healthcare digital signs is their ability to help patients improve their health. Health providers are now striving to provide a more holistic experience for patients. Instead of plain white walls and secluding the patient, health care facilities are now incorporating vibrant art and engaging technology. In-room entertainment, interactive games and educational media are all possibilities because the content of digital signs can be so easily customized. These types of amenities are at the center of a hospital experience designed to reduce anxiety, inspire growth and provide security to patients and their families.
Most healthcare providers have already incorporated digital signs into their facilities. But now it’s time to push the technology forward and realize all of the benefits that it offers. And when that means improved health and quality of life for staff and patients, those benefits can’t be understated.