Boston hospital plans for digital signage from the ground up

 
Feb. 15, 2013

Boston's Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital is moving to a new location — and "will be the first post acute provider in the country to build and design a hospital from the ground up that includes an integrated digital media system with a mix of in-room systems and digital signage throughout the facility," according to technology partner Aceso Interactive.

After more than 40 years of providing rehabilitation and therapeutic services at its current location in Boston's West End, the hospital will be relocating their main facility to the historic Charlestown Navy Yard later this spring. Spaulding's new facility also incorporates the latest in inclusive design elements and has already been recognized with a LEED Silver certification. The new Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital will be the first post acute provider in the country to build and design a hospital from the ground up that includes an integrated digital media system with a mix of in-room systems and digital signage throughout the facility.

Spaulding partnered with Charlestown, Mass.-based Aceso Interactive for the facility's digital elements.

"Our goal is to create more adaptable and engaging experience for patients, families, visitors and staff," said John Campbell, CIO for Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. "Spaulding's commitment is to be both innovative and adaptable in everything we do from the care we deliver to the technology we use ... [W]e are building a new digital model for a hospital experience that engages patients, families and staff, and is accessible to all the communities we serve."

Aceso will be installing their proprietary UpCare/UpTech Interactive Patient Care platform throughout the 132 private patient rooms. Digital signage wall displays will be installed on all eight floors, along with a network of common area displays broadcasting compelling wellness content to engage and inform patients and visitors. The installation will also feature Aceso's Hospital Television Network "HTV" product. Spaulding and Aceso will collaborate to create the first "Post-Acute Care TV Network" for patients, guests and staff, viewable on common area displays, according to the announcement from Aceso.

As part of the development, Aceso worked with interdisciplinary clinical teams at Spaulding to ensure that the technology and presentation will suit the variety of patient populations Spaulding serves, from pediatric populations to those recovering from stroke or brain injury. From eye-tracking software to adaptive pillow speakers, the technology is designed to be utilized by people of all abilities. It is also expected to become an important therapy tool by hosting educational resources that can be used independently by the patient or in conjunction with therapists.

"We are thrilled to partner with such a prestigious medical leader as Spaulding and one of the top rehabilitation organizations in the country," said Aceso's President and co-founder, Geoff Fiedler. "Along with Spaulding's clinical and professional leadership team, we will be breaking new ground with a first-ever integrated multi-media patient engagement solution used throughout the entire continuum of care."

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Topics: Healthcare / Hospitals , Installation / Integration , Trends / Statistics


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