Hospitals are always at the front of technology as they strive to keep abreast of the latest medical developments. But it is not just the front line equipment and innovations that hospitals look to when they endeavour to embark on improving their service.
The medical profession is always seeking new methods to improve services, reduce the spread of hospital acquired infections and ensure important information is distributed to staff, visitors and patients.
Reasons for modernity
As the digital age advances at an exponential rate, so hospitals and medical centres have to keep up with the demands of modernity. However, there is often unforeseen consequences of any change implemented in such an environment.
Use of computers in hospitals
A prime example of this is the use of computers in hospital environments,. Appointments, patient records and other information is now stored electronically in most medical settings – but computers bring with them unforeseen hazards.
Computer equipment, in particular keyboards and mouse pointing devices are common breeding grounds for germs. More pathogens exist on the average computer keyboard than on a toilet seat and as multiple people can use the same console the threat of infection spreading is a real concern.
Washable and medical keyboards along with washable and medical mouse pointing devices are important innovations in the battle against hospital acquired infections such as the deadly MRSA and C Difficile.
Another innovation that is being widely used throughout hospitals is digital signage. Whilst using these LCD screens does not affect treatment and front line services it is one of the most effective ways of providing information to staff, visitors and patients.
Unlike notice-boards, pagers and tannoy systems; digital signage is realtime, modern, practical and an efficient method of providing information. It can even be used outside by housing the TV device (LCD or plasma) in an LCD waterproof enclosure.