Over the last few years, facility managers in healthcare have become an important part of the effort to expand services beyond direct patient care. This emphasis on the overall experience — for patients, families, staff and others — reflects an awareness that hospitals and clinics are subject to the same market forces as other enterprises and need to improve at a customer satisfaction level.
It’s also an element in strategies that deploy comprehensive solutions as part of digital transformations that enhance the full range of services available while improving workflows, delivering cost efficiencies and making the entire experience more human-centric.
This approach has manifested itself in a number of ways, including the increasingly widespread use of indoor wayfinding solutions in healthcare facilities. Occupants in healthcare spaces may not be aware that the GPS service they’re almost certainly familiar with from their smartphone for outdoor navigation stops almost as soon as you have a roof over your head.
Given the size, complexity and unfamiliar layout for most visitors to a hospital, the need for digital guidance doesn’t stop at the front door.
This, combined with what the hospital itself gains from indoor wayfinding deployments, is why so many healthcare facilities are joining office complexes, airports, industrial settings and other spaces in leveraging the capabilities of wayfinding infrastructures based on Bluetooth® Low Energy (Bluetooth® LE).
Let’s look at the various benefits driving the adoption of indoor navigation systems in the healthcare industry. What are the benefits of navigation through hospitals? Check it out!
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These are groups that are more likely to be entering the facility for the first time or have very limited knowledge of where to find what they need. Here’s why indoor navigation is important them:
This same idea applies to other types of visitors to hospitals, of which there are many. Think of the vendors, suppliers, repairmen and others who visit the building, often for the first time. They too have appointments to keep and offices or individuals to find in a large and unfamiliar space. Wayfinding can be of equal benefit to them as well.
The advantages of indoor wayfinding are directed inwards as well. You could even argue that the facility itself benefits more than the visitors for whom the service was designed. Just consider:
The Bluetooth® LE-based network infrastructure that supports wayfinding solutions relies on the fact that all modern mobile phones have Bluetooth® and are designed to work with location services. That means everyone with a smartphone has the hardware needed to access everything. All they have to do is download a dedicated indoor wayfinding app provided by the hospital.
The app uses the phone's built-in Bluetooth® to triangulate beacons set up throughout the facility. This provides the user with indoor navigation and wayfinding and any location-based content the facility would like to add. This means, for example, that the information displayed for the user can change as they walk through a building, featuring information about an office’s hours, what they offer, etc.
The physical infrastructure needed to support an indoor wayfinding application is easy to install and scalable to the size needed to accommodate a typical hospital. Once your application is ready with location information, the network is easy to deploy and is up and running within days.
Modern healthcare facilities now go to great lengths to provide patients and others with everything they need to feel comfortable while under care or visiting the premises.
The size and complexity of today’s typical hospital can be overwhelming. Indoor wayfinding solutions like those that guide you through an unfamiliar airport, warehousing complex or corporate office space can deliver the same support and convenience to occupants of healthcare facilities, who are likely to be there for the first time.
A simple smartphone application of the kind that they’re already familiar with can be on stand-by, always ready to help.
At Kontakt.io our mission is to deliver human-building interfaces that provide people with delightful, useful, and safe indoor experiences to help make buildings work for people.If you’re thinking about making your healthcare facility more accommodating and open to those who don’t yet know where everything is, contact us and let’s talk about how we can do it together. We hope you already know why navigating in large hospitals works.
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