In a few hospitals, the tablets are at the bedside so that patients, along with their family members, have instant access to the medical chart.
FREMONT, CA: According to recent reports, about 40 percent of children visit the emergency room every year. However, no matter how small the reason, a visit to the hospital can be startling for both parents and children alike.
Today, many healthcare organizations are increasingly adopting mobile technologies like wearables and tablets to enhance pediatric care experience. Several hospitals have already started using devices for children’s entertainment and education. Furthermore, the tools present familiarity with tech-savvy youngsters and can ease the tension that medical visits might cause. Additionally, they allow providers to focus on patient care entirely.
Tablets Present the Required Distraction and Assist in Easing the Patient’s Health Care Delivery
For patients who stay overnight and those directed to remain immobile, bedside tablets are revamping the pediatric care experience. The devices facilitate in childcare and relieving anxiety. They not only act as a therapeutic tool for entertainment but also work as an educational device to assist childcare specialists in explaining the medical treatments and procedures to patients. Primarily, the tools help in normalizing the hospital experience for children.
In a few hospitals, the tablets are at the bedside so that patients, along with their family members, have instant access to the medical chart. Parents will not have to wait for nurses to make the rounds. They can instead log onto the app on the tablet, which provides updated information on procedures, schedules, test results, and expected discharge date.
Some hospitals encourage families to become advocates for care. Parents can make use of the bedside tablets to track details like a child’s bloodwork. With the data, they will know if the treatment is taking place on a particular day depending upon the blood cell count. With access to crucial information, parents are empowered to ask doctors more informed questions regarding their child’s treatment.
Wearables Make Medical Care Entertaining for Children
Wearables are another section of mobile technology with exceptional potential. Children with Moyamoya disease, a genetic disorder, which restricts blood flow to the brain, can make use of an electromyographic device. The tool helps children in the rehabilitation of their arm after a stroke. By monitoring electrical currents produced by muscle movement, the wearable can pick up on the faint muscle activities that will generate a vibration from the tool. Also, there will not be any physical movement.
Overall, wearables make rehabilitation exercises more exciting for children by encouraging the wearer to focus less on the arm or hand motion and more on making the device buzz. The tools are also Wi-Fi-enabled that collect and store information in the cloud for later analysis.
Besides, tablets running on AI software along with a connected wearable will help patients manage pain and decrease their dependence on opioid. When the tools detect a pattern that indicates pain, nausea, or discomfort, they deliver personalized diversionary content. In addition to pain management, children can also play cognitive games on the tablets, and those having trouble sleeping in hospitals can use music applications to fall asleep. By augmenting care and comfort, all of the above approaches make mobile devices a valuable investment.