Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2016

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With "smart TV," a common term used in the television industry, this is yet another aspect to consider in selecting the right product. Smart, or IP-enabled, HDTVs are available in hospital grade. This technology should be seriously consid- ered for new construction or cable plant renovation, due to the fact it could save the facility the cost of installing addi- tional coaxial cabling, and can run on the same infrastructure as the other IT products in the patient room, or within close proximity. Smart TV technology does offer many other compelling features and functions for the patient environment, from web browsing, Miracast, Wi-Fi Direct and WiDi. Selecting a smart TV in an interac- tive system environment should be considered. With an IP-based interactive system, smart TVs can offer a seamless integration to the interactive system. Thus, eliminating external hardware commonly referred to as "set-top boxes." This can enhance reliability, aesthetics of the installation and can also elimi- nate the need for additional A/C power outlets. There are a host of quality television mount manufacturers in the industry that a commercial healthcare television dealer should be familiar with. Some things to consider when selecting a mount: does it need to move? From left and right, for example, if there's a family area in the room where this capability might enhance the viewing experience. Many times in OB areas or "home-feel" rooms, the TV is placed in an armoire. There are pedestal mounts available for this application, as well. Again, these can be articulating as needed or mounted in a fi xed position. Important: if the facil- ity is in a seismically active zone like the West Coast, it's imperative to source an OSHPD-Approved mount. From a facility standpoint, the ability to manage the television channel lineup and other settings from a remote location is a crucial consideration. A poll taken at a recent ASHE annual meeting revealed that cable TV and satellite providers changed their channel lineup an average of just over twice per year. This can create a substantial headache for facility managers if this requires a technician to enter every room with a "cloning" device. Selecting a television system that enables remote management of all television settings not only saves the facility a lot of time, but also ensures a linear TV system "look and feel" facility-wide. Lastly, select an authorized commercial healthcare dealer, endorsed by the television manufacturer of choice. These companies are trained on ef cient deployment of a new television system, can provide other products and services like digital signage, satellite systems, mounts, pillow speakers and complete installation. Most importantly, they're familiar with executing this activity with minimum disturbance to the hospital routine. A quality television system is one of the easiest ways to impact patient satisfaction. To have one source for this system ensures service and maintenance responsibility, to the benefi t of the hospital and patients alike. Tim Wright is director of commercial healthcare for LG Electronics USA, Inc. A T 4 A M , H E S H O U L D N ' T H A V E T O W A I T W H I L E H I S N U R S E S E A R C H E S F O R M E D S . The MEDIroo™ wall-mounted cabinet with ISONAS™ access control technology securely stores medication or supplies inside or directly outside of the patient room. 1.800.782.1524 PROUDLY MADE IN THE U.S.A. 100% WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESS I S T H E S O L U T I O N . 'Smart' choices with a smart TV Facility management considerations Proper mounting

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