Folcrom partner JAOtech installed over 600 of their Smart Terminals mounted on Folcrom Articulating Arms next to the beds at the Centre Hospitalier de la Region d’ Annecy (CHRA). It is believed to be the largest deployment of such arm-mounted terminals in France. Patients and hospital personnel can use the terminals to access voice, data and images.

The 600 JAOtech Obie terminals, all-in-one computers with a 17” touch screen provide medical staff with secure access to clinical data at the patient’s bedside, giving full access to the relevant records and data alongside the facility to prescribe treatments for delivery by the hospital’s fully automated pharmacy. The same terminals provide patients with digital entertainment and communications including telephone, Internet access, IPTV, video on demand and radio, and also provide access to hospital management functions or accessing other information to help make their stay more comfortable.

Medical staff log onto the system using their identification badges – making access quick and simple, according to the Head of the hospital’s Infectious Disease Ward, Dr Jacques Gaillard. “This is a completely new environment for us – something very innovative that changes the way we work. We have instant access to the complete set of records and data relating to each patient, putting us in a position to make a full clinical assessment on the spot. Using the prescription system, we can immediately take that assessment forward and prescribe the most appropriate treatment from the range of options that we have available at the hospital. Our clinical assessment, together with any treatment provided, can then be recorded on the spot rather than leaving this as a task for later.”

Philip Corri, Director at JAOtech, commented, “It is crucial for our terminals to be accessible to all users in a comfortable and ergonomic fashion, only Folcrom can deliver the perfect experience that is easy for all patients, young and old, to use.”