Bedside tablets and apps are giving patients some control over care

April 12, 2019

Many hospitals are now offering “interactive patient-care systems” — a tablet with controls and apps patients can use, including one with access to their hospital medical information, according to an article on The Washington Post website.

The apps provide medical information, such as medications and dosage, procedures, daily care schedules, test results and education videos; photos of the patient’s physicians and nurses; and an expected date of discharge.

Hospitals are using different avenues to get patients comfortable with the tech. At UCSF Medical Center, technology volunteers show patients and family members how the devices work. 

But a study published last year recommended having more printed materials available to explain how the systems.

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