Due to all the commercial applications of iBeacons, you will not easily think of an iBeacon application in healthcare. Yet there are many issues in healthcare that currently require much more time and manpower than necessary. For patients, staff and even visitors, a lot of things can be made easier and more accessible via the Bluetooth frequency!

For the visitor: From parking to the room

As a visitor, a large hospital can be quite confusing. There are several entrances, floors and departments and the entire building is full of an abundance of signs with terms that you often cannot identify. It may well be that upon entering it turns out that you should have taken a completely different entrance!

With an iBeacon app you would only have to indicate on your mobile where or with whom you need to be. When you enter, you will immediately see via the application whether you have taken the correct entrance and which corridors you need to enter to get to the correct room. By working with sufficient iBeacons, true indoor turn-by-turn navigation can be provided. This can be done much more precisely and faster with iBeacon technology than GPS could achieve indoors.

Furthermore, remembering a letter, color or symbol to find your car is outdated. Upon arrival, iBeacons can help you park your car and quickly find it again when you leave. With iBeacons it becomes possible to navigate via the app to the best available parking space, close to the entrance that applies to you at that time. When you return, you can immediately see where you are and where your car is parked.

In theory, iBeacons can guide visitors in such a way that this will lead to less burden on staff, leaving their time for the things that matter more.

For the patient: Automatic check-in for your appointment

In addition to navigation, iBeacons can also help you automatically check in for your appointment. As soon as you enter the room where you need to be, you can receive a push message with your current waiting time and a photo with information about the doctor with whom you will have an appointment. This doctor can then also be immediately informed of your presence with a link to your file so that he or she can read it quickly and easily.

Furthermore, the app could inform you in advance, during or after your visit about what will happen that day or what you should take into account in the coming days. During the appointment with the doctor, for example, a (daily) reminder for your medication can be pushed to the app on your mobile phone via an iBeacon, or digital brochures with additional information can simply be offered. In theory, it would also be possible to pass on a prescription for certain medication on-the-fly in this way.

For the doctor/nurse: The correct information is immediately available

The doctor can also immediately have access to the correct data during an appointment through iBeacons. This principle can also be applied in the patients' rooms themselves.

As soon as a doctor or nurse walks into a room, it is possible to use iBeacons to immediately see who is there, what medication the person needs (and has already had today) and what the statistics and comments are from today and the past period. The doctor or nurse would immediately receive this information pushed to his or her tablet when entering the room. Using the same tablet it is also possible to add new comments or indicate which medication has just been administered. This not only saves a lot on unnecessary paperwork, but also makes it easier to quickly access essential information.

The above concepts are just a small selection of the possibilities that iBeacons can offer in the healthcare sector. It is precisely through the connection with your own mobile phone that it is possible to provide patients and visitors with targeted and personal information.

From Us and iBeacons

At Van Ons we are also constantly working on new technologies and so are the iBeacon technology. This year, in collaboration with Sound and Vision, we made an iBeacon case for the queue at the Top 2000 café. Read more about this case here.

Interested in an iBeacon application? Then contact us!