By Dan Nathan, Vice President and General Manager, TeleHealth Services
With television no longer being exclusive to the domestic home, and a larger focus being placed on the patient experience and satisfcation, many healthcare facilities are able to provide a much more “home-like” experience. But this leaves them asking the question: Is a healthcare grade television set really necessary?
HD display prices have dropped considerably over the past few years, making it attractive to incorporate this technology into a large scale facility. But with cost variances often favoring the consumer models, it would be easy for decisions to be swayed to purchase a consumer set, over a healthcare grade set. Hospital grade televisions are designed with specific features that consumer TVs cannot offer, making them safer for the patient and easier for clinician use. Compared to consumer sets, healthcare televisions are engineered and constructed with a different end user in mind. Manufacturers design healthcare grade HDTV sets specifically for use in the hospital setting and to withstand heavy wear and tear and long operating hours.