Tech giant, IBM, recently announced their $200 million investment in Watson, a data analytics platform responsible for smart rooms in hospitals. Although smart rooms have been implemented and tested in several different facilities throughout the country, this investment may just be the ticket they needed to get their idea from 2005 up from the ground.
Watson powered smart rooms use cognitive computing, giving patients the ability to adjust the room environment or request information and actions. But it doesn’t stop there, the rooms can even record an interactive conversation with patients that can easily be assessed by a physician or nurse.
Taking it one step further, Cerner created their own smart rooms that not only include room controls but an integration of medical devices and seamless access to EHRs. As soon as authorized nurses and physicians walk into a patient’s smart room, their medical records automatically pop-up on a screen. Equipped with identification technology, nurses and physicians will no longer be required to log in and out of systems. Paper signage outside a patient’s room will be replaced with an electronic version that will have all the information a nurse could possibly need before walking in, such as dietary needs and what medical provider is currently in the room.
Although they will definitely make a nurse’s job so much more efficient, don’t count on working with a smart room anytime soon. First, most hospitals lack the infrastructure and capital support to adopt smart rooms. And just like any other piece of technology, you must take into account the possibility of troubleshooting. In the midst of the physician shortage, smart rooms may be just too big of an investment for most hospitals.
Smart rooms may not be in the imminent future, but camera monitoring might be. Oxehealth has a mission to replace the medical devices you have come to know all too well with one camera. Installed with sophisticated software, camera monitors have the ability to effectively monitor patients’ vitals without ever stepping into their room.
Camera monitoring eliminates physical check-ins at all hours, lessening the anxiety and discomfort of being constantly disturbed and hooked up to strange medical devices. Such technology will naturally be a huge time-saver for nurses, but it may even allow patients to check out so much sooner than before. In the future, physicians will have the ability to monitor their patients’ recovery or adjustment to medications from the comfort of their own homes.