Whiteboard notes are a thing of the past in the soon-to-be-opened Jacobs Medical Center at the University of California, San Diego. Every one of the hospital rooms in this brand-new facility is equipped with an iPad and Apple TV loaded with the latest medical apps. Jacobs Medical Center is hoping this isn’t just a way for the organization to stay on trend — the medical center hopes this is a large-scale way to empower patients with their own health care.

Once a patient is admitted to the hospital, they’ll have a login for the devices which give them details about their caregivers, and controls for their room, such as lighting and climate control. The patient also has the ability to go over their personal medical records and view details about upcoming procedures.

Remember those clunky wired remote controls tethered to the side of hospital beds that gave patients a few channels to peruse endlessly? They’re gone, too. With Apple TV, streaming video and other digital entertainment are merely a screen tap away. These devices also keep them connected via FaceTime and Skype. Families can download games to entertain visiting children.

Last year, UCSD began a small tablet pilot program in a different hospital. Due to up-front costs, the program utilized 25 Android tablets and soon switched to Apple devices because the hospital felt they are easier to manage patient information on. Administrators can erase the iPad remotely with Jamf Pro, whereas IT workers had to come in and physically erase the Android devices. Additionally, EPIC’s MyChart Bedside app was updated earlier this year and it can be utilized on iPads — making the decision to use iPads even easier.

Epic‘s MyChart Bedside app allows for the following:
• View your health information, lab results, and plan for the day
• See pictures and profiles of the team that’s caring for you and exchange messages with them
• Review educational videos or create your own notes

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