The sector of healthcare is one that, over the years, has known to introduce technologies able to support and help the work of doctors so that diagnosis, prevention and therapies can derive the maximum possible benefits.
From the technological point of view, healthcare today employs evolved machinery for the digitalization of medical records as well as the execution of complex surgery or specific in depth examinations.
A further step forward could be made by introducing proximity in the healthcare sector, where beacons can become useful instruments for the improvement of work in hospitals, generating benefits for several levels of users (doctors, nurses, patients, visitors).
First of all beacons can be helpful in indoor orientation, giving visitors and patients exact directions in order to reach treatment rooms, doctor’s offices and wards, just like a guide, always close at hand, on your smartphone.
The presence of beacons in waiting rooms can, besides regulating access queues at counters, provide useful information to anyone who is waiting on their appointment or test, transmitting entertainment contents as well as in-depth and specific information regarding the ward.
Integrating beacon technology with the medical records of every patient it is possible to provide a real time information service on the state of the medical reports awaited or of the booked tests to be performed. On their own smartphones patients can access a reserved area and check their situation receiving real time notifications.
Patients aren’t the only ones who benefit from the introduction of this system but also, and above all, the hospitals and clinics personnel.
With the installation of beacons within the wards, planning activities, tasks and appointments of the medical personnel becomes easier. Also the management of ward nurses can be improved by positioning beacons in the nursing stations, in this way it is possible to supervise, assign and streamline everyone’s tasks. Consequently, also nurses will be able to receive daily updates, instructions on their assignments and information regarding their patients, left from coworkers on the previous shift, directly on their device.
Furthermore, by pairing a beacon with every bed (therefore with every patient), monitoring everyone’s condition becomes simple and immediate, and tracking down all the patient’s information (tests that have been requested and those underway, anamnesis, previous medical opinions, specialists consulted …) becomes easy and fast.
These are only a few of the possibilities and benefits, of the many constantly evolving, associated with the introduction of the proximity system in the healthcare context.
Simple, practical, convenient.