The Importance of An LED Hospital Display

To some of us, thinking about hospitals does not come with memories worth looking back to. The white walls, seemingly unending hallways, and beeping machines in perfect tempo can cause anxiety in any patient. Some hospitals are trying to erase this notion from people’s minds, even hiring architects and interior designers to make the ambiance feel more peaceful and warm.

Part of redesigning hospital interiors is making the space patient- and visitor-friendly, not just visually but function-wise. And LED hospital displays can do both. LED displays in a hospital setting do not just mean TV sets in every room–they serve a variety of purposes other than as entertainment sources. Let’s examine how LED hospital displays are used in healthcare.

Introduction

Remember those bulletin boards in waiting areas with posters about disease prevention? Well, they have gone digital and have been replaced with LED screens. Simply put, an LED hospital display is an LED display installed in a hospital. It serves several functions including relaying relevant information, important announcements, schedules, and advertising hospital services or specializations.

However, one of its most important functions is patient queue management. LED displays throughout the hospital are networked and can be controlled from a single panel. When connected to a wait time management system, the patient queue can be shown on all LED screens in the hospital, including those in the cafeteria and lobby, making wait times more bearable for patients.

How can hospitals benefit from LED displays?

Aside from the added appeal of colorful LED displays against all-white surroundings, hospitals can benefit from installing them through the following:

Relay Urgent News

LED displays scattered around the hospital can efficiently announce emergencies or relay urgent news to staff, patients, and visitors. It can be about recent changes in pharmacy operating hours, new visitors’ policies, or the availability of emergency services. Additionally, the central control can be used in conjunction with a PA system to page staff needed from specific departments, for instance, a neurosurgery fellow being asked to assist in emergency surgery.

Improve Patient Experience

Hospital visits often mean long waiting hours, and it can be boring sitting down for hours on end. LED displays can show dynamic content such as educational videos and animations to not only entertain patients but also effectively share valuable health-related information with them.

Additionally, hospital LED displays can make waiting more bearable through an integrated queuing system at one section of the screen. Since the LED displays connect through one system, all screens throughout the hospital show the queuing information. This setup lets patients move freely, allowing them to grab a snack in the cafeteria or walk around instead of waiting in one area for their number to be called.

Help with Navigation

Hospital buildings are typically composed of multiple floors and different departments. You will even encounter complexes. As a doctor, you would not want random people–especially non-patients–loitering around your area of responsibility as they can disrupt your work. Similarly, as a patient or a visitor, you would not want to accidentally press the elevator button to the morgue.

LED hospital displays are an effective way to prevent such mishaps by displaying a detailed map and floor plan of the building. With a touchscreen-enabled LED screen, visitors can easily find their way around the building and identify the easiest route to their destination.

Promote Offered Services and Specializations

LED screens in hospitals are strategically located where there are a lot of people in the same area at once. These are valuable advertising spots as their full attention is on the screens. Hospitals can advertise new services and facilities, breakthrough treatments and research, and promotions to entice visitors. Additionally, they can be used to advertise awards and recognitions won by the hospital or staff, as these can help boost its image and reputation.

The Best Locations to Install a Hospital LED Display Board

While LED displays can stand out on their own in the hospital setting, installing them at prime locations will ensure maximum exposure and audience reach. This is especially crucial in larger hospitals where some areas may be less frequented, potentially affecting the effectiveness of the LED display system. Below are the most common and the best locations to install a hospital LED display board:

Front desk lobby

The front desk lobby is the main entrance point of the hospital and is naturally the most visited whether intentionally or not. An LED display is typically installed above the information center, playing content 24/7. It can show an audiovisual presentation about the history and achievements of the hospital, promotional materials, emergency announcements, and other important content that warrant immediate attention.

Since lobby LED displays are usually big, they can be programmed to show different content simultaneously, such as a small portion at the bottom with the list of available doctors or bed occupancy rate in the wards. This can help patients decide which doctor or room to choose.

Entrance of the Hospital

In this instance, we shall refer to the hospital entrance as the entrance to the hospital compound. LED displays at hospital entrances are typically single-color outdoor displays that show emergency announcements, such as facility availability. They also provide directions to visitors, especially those arriving by car.

Above the Main Entrance

Another prime spot for an LED hospital display is right above the main entrance. A single-color LED display will do the job. It typically displays text such as emergency announcements, health tips, weather conditions, and safety precautions implemented inside the hospital. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these displays reminded visitors to mask up and maintain social distancing within the facility.

Utilizing LED Screens in a Hospital Setting

Now that you know which parts of the hospital are best for LED display installation, it is just fitting that you learn how to make the most out of these spots. While placing an LED screen strategically is important, deciding what type of content to display is equally crucial.

Public Service Announcements

Hospital LED boards display notifications, announcements, treatment updates, and other urgent information to a wider audience. This can help improve staff-visitor communication and allow both parties to pick up information instantly. For instance, the system can display the current status of critical care patients undergoing surgery, alerting relevant staff when help is needed in the operating room. The programmer can utilize font and color to indicate the importance of the message.

External/Internal Affairs Disclosure

Hospitals are corporations too. This entitles stakeholders to regular updates about business operations, including expenditures, operating profits, and income. LED displays inside the hospital enhance transparency by showcasing graphs of the business’s financial status, procurement documents for equipment, and details of the hospital’s partnerships.

Publicity

LED screens are prime advertising spots even in the hospital setting. Hospitals can promote services, groundbreaking treatments, or newly acquired equipment that is unique to them. They can also play testimonial videos of previous and current patients vouching for the hospital’s quality of service. However, they are most effective in educating visitors and patients, playing audiovisual presentations, and giving health tips.

Guidance

Hospital layouts can be confusing, especially to new visitors and patients. With touchscreen technology, LED screens can serve as interactive maps installed in lobbies where people can find the specific department or room they are looking for. This helps them avoid accidentally entering prohibited areas or unintentionally loitering around private sections of the facility.

Emergency Information

LED displays are an effective way to relay urgent information such as medical emergencies. This helps keep staff and visitors aware of the situation so they can take appropriate measures. For instance, they can effectively broadcast a yellow code or missing patient alert across the hospital through the central control.

Improve Hospital Image

Installing bright LED screens in entrances, lobbies, and waiting areas displaying achievements and recognitions can help boost the hospital’s image. Additionally, the hospital can play interview videos where staff share what they like most about working for the hospital. This is important in establishing brand awareness and reputation. 

How An LED Hospital Display is Controlled

Hospital LED displays utilize the asynchronous control system for content management. This allows easy control of multiple LED screens that need to display various information simultaneously. Asynchronous systems enable users to upload and manage content through the cloud, making content publishing more efficient and flexible.

Asynchronous LED displays operate independently and do not need synchronization with other displays. Using a robust network, users input and update content on the cloud, allowing publication from anywhere at any time. This allows hospitals to input real-time information and urgent announcements and publish them on time through the cloud. Additionally, some LED manufacturers offer special software specifically designed for hospital use.

Conclusion

LED displays are changing the image of hospitals in people’s minds. The previously intimidating all-white interiors now have a touch of modernity. They are not only design elements, but they also serve important purposes in the hospital setting.

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