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Michigan hospital chooses IP-based TV system

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   April 2011


The eVideon Healthcare IPTV system being installed at Blodgett Hospital goes way beyond high-definition TV broadcasting; the solution can even communicate individual patient needs to other areas of the hospital, such as guest services, cafeteria or housekeeping.

Television is about to get a whole lot more interactive at Blodgett Hospital, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based patient-care facility. The hospital has contracted with technology provider Optimal Solutions to install the eVideon Healthcare Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system, a complete IP-based solution that provides HD-quality TV, movies, personalized educational content and hospital information to any Ethernet port. eVideon Healthcare also offers survey/tracking options that allow hospital staff to track patient comprehension for improved patient outcomes and clinical workflows.

Using this system, there is no need for coax cable or in-room computers. The installation replaces Blodgett's current RF analog television distribution system. The Web-based components of the content management system allow non-technical staff to manage and modify programming provided to patients. Content is streamed to each room's TV as well as waiting rooms, staff lounges, cafeterias and any other TV location. See for more information.

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