Mobile app makes navigating hospital halls less stressful

Trying to find a patient room or a certain hospital department, particularly in facilities with many buildings, can be frustrating. So some of the state’s top health systems have turned to GPS technology to help patients and family members navigate their way through large hospitals.

Earlier this month Hackensack Meridian Health went live with MediNav GPS from Connexient at its flagship Hackensack University Medical Center.

MediNav will be integrated with Epic Systems Corp.’s MyChart software within the HMH Well mobile app. That functionality will also enable users to access lab results, appointment dates, medications and immunization history.

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The health system will roll out the technology at Jersey Shore Medical Center next month and eventually at all of the hospitals in the HMH network.

Kunle Modupe, vice president of Hospitality Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, said the decision to adopt GPS technology was based on feedback from patients and research that revealed that navigating through a hospital maze was challenging.

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Digital voice assistants seek their place in healthcare

Today, consumers have gotten accustomed to digital voice assistants in their homes that take commands and act on them when they have the appropriate skills to do so. Over the past few years, more features have been introduced to these voice-enabled devices, and now consumers are able to order groceries, make phone calls and control their smart homes. However, digital voice assistants currently have limited uses in healthcare.

 

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