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Northern Westchester Hospital's Patients Get Tablets at their Bedside

Thanks to Northern Westchester Hospital's new bedside tablet program, patients are able to monitor their recovery progress in real time.
Thanks to Northern Westchester Hospital's new bedside tablet program, patients are able to monitor their recovery progress in real time. Video Credit: Northern Westchester Hospital

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Tablets aren't just for fun and games anymore. Thanks to the new Patient Access Tablet program at Northern Westchester Hospital, patients are able to access up-to-the-minute health information and education through mobile technology.

Known as the P.A.T. (Patient Access Tablet), the tablet is designed for patients to be able to access useful information in an easily understandable format that can be absorbed at the patient’s own pace. This empowers patients to better participate in their plan of care and recovery.

The result of a collaboration among NWH administrators, nurses, patient advocates, physicians and patients, the Patient Access Tablet includes features patients said were most important to them, such as: names of patient’s care team with photos and credentials; allergies, medications with information about what the medication is for and any side effects; diet restrictions and nutritional guidelines; graphically displayed vital signs and lab results; and the schedule for diagnostic scans, the reason for admission and the patient’s estimated discharge date with tools for a successful discharge.

Doctors and nurses use the P.A.T. to review medical records, test results, scans, labs and vital signs with their patients, right at the bedside. The P.A.T. also includes a complete video library where patients can learn about their condition. Automatic notification is sent to the patient’s electronic medical record once a video is viewed.

Patients also use the tablet to request services, such as pastoral care, housekeeping, holistic treatments and more. Patients can even play games, order room service, and remote control the TV, all from the tablet.

In the video above, watch how a patient uses the bedside tablet.

To learn more about our patient access tablet program, contact Maria Hale, Vice President, Patient-Centered Support Services, 914.666.1951 or mhale@nwhc.net.

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