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This hospital door handle also cleans your hands
Hygiene is a major issue for hospitals and many already use sanitizer dispensers to enable doctors and visitors to easily wash their hands and prevent the spread of bugs. However, remembering to use them can be a problem. In the past, we’ve seen solutions such as Hyginex — a wristband system which alerts hospital staff when it’s time to wash their hands and helps managers track hygiene levels. Now PullClean is offering an elegant solution in the form of combined sanitizers and door handles, prompting hospital users to wash each time they enter and exit a room. READ MORE…
Social hospital toy lets isolated young patients play with other kids
Hospitals are never fun for kids, and we’ve seen a number of ideas in the past attempt to make their experience more comfortable, from pirate-themed CT scanners to fun robots. But being able to interact with other children is still a major bonus, something denied to kids who need to be kept in isolation or quarantine. From the Netherlands, Konnekt is a hospital isolation barrier that doubles as a two-way toy, enabling collaborative play among children that have to be separated. READ MORE…
Bee-shaped device takes the sting out of injections
Shots aren’t an enjoyable thing to experience, and unhappy or tense patients make the job more difficult for the doctor. Designed to distract them from the pain of injections, Buzzy is a bee-shaped device that uses ice and vibrations to calm both kids and adults receiving shots. READ MORE…
Swashbuckling CT scanner gets kids to walk the plank
While some hospitals such as the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada may be investing in technology like the USD 15,000 MEDi to keep kids calm in hospital, others are going down a more analog route. The Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York has now installed a new CT scanner that is disguised to look like a pirate ship. READ MORE…
USD 15,000 talking robot calms kids during hospital visits
Hospitals are never fun for children, and we’ve seen a number of initiatives to help keep them calm, frommusical dentist drills to interactive LED walls. Now the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada has introduced MEDi, a robot that distracts kids from uncomfortable medical examinations and procedures, and even aids their recovery. READ MORE…
In South Korea, ‘smart hospital’ offers services through mobile
We recently wrote about LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which has implemented its iPad-basedBabyTime scheme to connect newborns in intensive care with their mothers. Taking the idea of a tech-enabled hospital that little bit further, the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital now offers a number of core services through patients’ smartphones. READ MORE…
Social network for hospital patients connects users via similar interests
When it come to hospital stays – especially lengthy ones – it can make a big difference to help patients feel as comfortable as possible. We recently saw Scotland’s Hospital Passport scheme aim to put children at ease, and now France-based startup Hôpital Affinité wants to connect those in hospital with fellow patients that share similar interests. READ MORE…
Robot can perform injections better than doctors
Injections are never the most pleasant experience, but we have seen innovations to make it eaiser for those who need to take medication intravenously to keep track of their schedule, such as the Timesulin. Now Veebot aims to automate the process of drawing blood, making it more accurate and less stressful for patients. READ MORE…
‘Hospital Passport’ helps comfort young patients
UK children’s hospitals, such as London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, have been featured on these pages before thanks to their innovative schemes to help kids deal with the stress of medical treatment. Now Scotland’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children has also come up with the Hospital Passport scheme, which aims to make young patients feel more at ease when being passed from department to department. READ MORE…
In India, platform offers personalized hospital treatment packages
San Francisco’s BetterDoctor platform has already been helping patients find the best health professionals to see them at late notice. Now India-based Medeel.com is offering a service that matches those in need of surgery with customized care packages based on their medical records. READ MORE…
At UK hospital, LED-illuminated wall helps calm children on the way to surgery
Managing patients’ fear is a significant challenge for professionals in virtually every medical field, but the difficulty is compounded considerably when the patients in question are children. We’ve already seen a dentist drill that plays relaxing music for such young patients, and recently we came across a like-minded effort on a larger scale at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children: an LED-illuminated wall that soothes and engages kids on the way to the operating theater. READ MORE…