More healthcare facilities are implementing hospital digital signage for marketing, information and communications than ever before. Streamlined communication with visitors, patients and employees saves time, money and frustration for hospital marketing teams and human resources departments.
There are many places to hang hospital signage, and with digital signage you can create attractive, informative displays with less clutter.
1. Hallways and Waiting Rooms – This is the best place to reach a broad crowd with upcoming events that are open to the public, honors earned by hospital staff members and departments, healthy living advice, and even weather forecasts and road conditions.
2. Cafeterias – Post menu boards in several locations in the cafeteria and maybe even just outside its door makes it easy for those browsing the menu to for customers to stand away from the serving line while they are still pondering what they crave.
3. Patient Rooms – Create a channel for patients to access on the television set that is already in patient rooms. It can display daily or weekly meal choices, special entertainment or opportunities for patients and their families, weather forecasts, and information about what patients can do to make their stay more enjoyable.
4. Donor Recognition Walls – Digital donor displays are a great way to create a fluid, easily updated and attractive list of donors, tell donor stories and recognize the work and dedication that has gone into capital campaigns, ongoing donations and specific projects. They can stand alone, or be part of a larger, more artistic donor recognition display.
5. Lobbies, Elevators and Stairways – Digital wayfinding can be interactive or static. It is easily updated when directions change, doctors or departments move, or building additions are built.
6. Breakrooms – Keep employees updated on upcoming event, policy changes, continuing education opportunities and hospital recognitions. Post birthdays and work anniversaries, and even the employee of the month.
7. History Displays and Hospital Museums – Older hospitals have a rich history in providing care for their communities. Share the history in an interactive display, or a slideshow of building projects, doctors who have served and made a difference, and breakthroughs that were made because of your staff through the years.
8. Healthcare Clinics and Pharmacies – Hospitals often have community clinics and acute care facilities for walkin patients and preventative care. Share upcoming health classes, wellness tips and staff information with patients as they wait.
Digital Signage Becoming Mainstream Hospital Communication
Digital signage will soon be mainstream in hospitals of all sizes, but when you are planning implementation consider rolling it out in phases. Learn how it works, what you can do with it and how you can get the most out of it. Then add more display channels or devices as the budget and staff availability to manage more displays allows.
Your hospital may not have use for digital signage in all of these places described, but more and more hospitals are implementing digital signage for 3 to 4 of these uses. Digital signage is not just for huge hospitals anymore. Arreya Digital Signage Suite has made it easy and affordable for even the smallest hospitals to have professional looking displays.
AOpen’s new Chrome OS based Chromebox Mini and Chromebase Mini have a lot to offer for the digital signage and kiosk industry. These two products are AOpen’s first commercial Chrome devices targeted to a lower cost market. From a user standpoint, here are some thoughts, specifications, and how we plan on utilizing these two new devices released in 2017.
AOpen Chromebase Mini
AOpen’s latest addition to their Commercial Chromebase line of products, features a great looking 10.1” touch screen. The very first thing we noticed about this device was the weight, at 2.7 lbs this is not a tablet! The Chromebase mini is built for a commercial environment, an all metal enclosure makes it an admirable alternative to a cheap tablet for a high traffic, high use environment. Another feature differencing the Chromebase mini from a cheap tablet is the lack of an accessible power button to limit tampering with the device. We see this device being used for retail end-cap displays, conference room displays, calendar/scheduling displays, wayfinding, and many more use cases.
The touch screen features 1280x800 resolution and supports up to 10 point multi touch. Overall the screen looks great and is a big win for this device. The Chromebase Mini shares most hardware specs with the Chromebox Mini and has similar processing power. Standard VESA mounting patterns on the back of the device make finding a mounting solution extremely easy. The HDMI output on the device is great to see for multiple monitor displays. The MSRP of this device is $349 USD, and its ruggedness makes it perfect for commercial use, or affordable enough for consumer use.
- Build quality, durability
- Touch screen
- Non-standard 1280x800 screen resolution
- Accessing the I/O ports can be cumbersome
- Panel: 10.1” 1280 x 800 250nits AHVA
- Touch: 10 point multi-touch; pinch to zoom
- CPU: Quad-Core Cortex-A17, up to 1.8GHz
- DRAM: LPDDR3 Dual Channel 4GB
- Storage: EMMC 5.0 16GB
- FHD Webcam (2MP)
- Built-in Dual Digital MIC and Stereo Speaker
- WIFI+ BT4.0: 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0 x 1
AOpen Chromebox Mini
AOpen’s latest offering in their line of commercial grade Chromeboxes, is the aptly named Chromebox Mini. Just under 6 inches on its longest side and under 1 inch thick, the device undoubtedly has one of the best form factors we have seen in a Chromebox. The Chromebox Mini comes with WiFi antennas which can be rotated to your desired angle, this inherently increases the footprint of the device but in tight environments, the built in ethernet connection can be used instead. The processing power of the Chromebox mini seems to be on par with similarly priced devices, although hardware specs are noticeably cut down from the rest of AOpen’s commercial Chromeboxes. Built in video output is limited to just one HDMI port. The Chromebox Mini also has a connection for a external power switch in the situation where the power button won’t be easily accessible.
The Chromebox Mini’s form factor and other features make it a great choice for someone looking for a powerful box for a traditional screen/player combo. The form factor of the device makes it easy to mount in existing enclosures and new installations. The MSRP of $189 USD makes it an attractive option for lots of digital signage customers.
- Great form factor, easy mounting capability
- Price: Just $189.00 USD MSRP
- External power switch connector
- No mounting tabs or brackets out of box
- Limited to 1 video output
- Fanless/non venting hole design
- CPU:Quad-Core Cortex-A17, up to 1.8GHz
- DRAM: LPDDR3 Dual Channel 4GB
- Storage: EMMC 5.0 16GB
- WIFI+ BT4.0: 802.11 b/g/n/ac + BT4.0 x 1
- Dimensions: 5.75 x 3.8 x 0.94 in
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Share Information With Students All Year
Summer vacation has begun for students all across America, and administrators might be wondering how to get their money’s worth out of digital signage. If you use Arreya, your students don’t have to be in the hallways to see your display. You can share your unique Arreya URL with your students, faculty and parents for them to check for daily changes and updates.
10 Things For Schools To Post on Digital Signage During Vacation
- Sports Schedules – Just because school is over doesn’t mean the kids are uninvolved in school activities. Get support for your teams by providing a schedule and attract a crowd.
- Graduation Pictures – Whether they are graduating from preschool, middle school or junior high, it is a milestone and students and parents love to see and share the news.
- Year in Review – Photos and newspaper clippings of plays, concerts, sports, clubs and special events give students great stuff to look back on.
- Local Educational Opportunities – Libraries, local tutors, and county parks have great programs that will keep your students eager to learn. Compile information so it’s all in one place for parent and students who are interested.
- Summertime Deeds and Trip Photos – Display photos of mission trips, volunteer work, community events that students took part in and more. Your students are just as awesome in the summertime.
- Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities – Show your students that their help is needed to make the community a better place. Students who want to serve or just want something to do might welcome the opportunity to help at community events or walk dogs at the humane society.
- Summer Job Opportunities – Sometimes it’s hard for students to know where they can be hired based on their age. Give them the tools to earn money at local businesses when they are not in school.
- Scholarship Opportunities – Encourage your juniors and seniors to get a head start on scholarship opportunities that are already posted. Also, share some of the websites and resources where students will find scholarship opportunities. If they do it during the summer, there will be more time for homework and extracurriculars during the school year.
- Mentorships or Internships – Allow local businesses to be a part of your students’ education by letting them advertise internships and mentor opportunities. Students who are leaning toward a certain industry will appreciate the experience.
- Open House Schedules and Paperwork Deadlines – Your patrons will appreciate having all of this information organized into a neat display. You can even use the website widget and show information as it is on the school website. The more places your families have to stay informed, the more likely they will stay engaged with upcoming events.
If you are haven’t implemented digital signage in your school, or want a better signage software solution, contact us at 319-294-6671 or try the free trial.