The Patient is in app suite is comprised of three (3) apps including an app for patients, an app for doctors (and other healthcare providers such as nurses, anesthesiologists, chiropractors, etc), and an app for charge nurses (and other types of administrators). These apps use three (3) types of data:
Each device using a Patient is in app must use a unique iCloud account.
At many medical facilities, it is important to know the location of your staff and patients. The Patient is in apps use Apple’s micro-location iBeacon technology to provide the charge nurse with the approximate location of the on-site medical staff and patients. Specifically, if a doctor has installed the Patient is in doctor app and her iPhone is in the vicinity of a charge nurse’s iPad unto which the charge nurse app is installed, then the charge nurse will have access to the doctor’s on-site location. On-site location will be described in broad terms such as “near Nurse Station 2” and “left ICU Nurse Station”. The doctor may disable reporting of this information to the charge nurse through a toggle in the doctor app. On-site location updates are turned off by default.On-site location data is also used by the patient app to provide a streamlined check-in process. The patient may disable reporting of this information to the charge nurse through a toggle in the patient app. On-site location updates are turned off by default.
The charge nurse may also need to know the location of off-site doctors who may be traveling to a medical facility, perhaps for emergency surgery. The charge nurse app provides a live map with a traffic view of off-site staff. Specifically, if a doctor has installed the Patient is in doctor app, then the charge nurse will have access to the doctor’s off-site location. The doctor may disable reporting of this information through a toggle on the Settings tab in the doctor app. Off-site location updates are turned off by default.
Conference calls with FaceTime and Skype for Business
The Patient is in apps are integrated with FaceTime on the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. To protect a user’s personal FaceTime contact information, the Patient is in apps allow the user to designate a FaceTime alias.
When a charge nurse assigns a doctor to a room to see a patient, she may provide optional comments about the patient such as if the patient has elevated vital signs or other symptoms which require a quick response from the doctor. Since these comments may identify a patient in addition to describing the patient’s condition, these notes are encrypted and transferred through encrypted network connections.
Announcing patient assignments using AirPlay compatible speakers
The Patient is in charge nurse app is integrated with AirPlay allowing the charge nurse to announce that a doctor has a new patient assignment. Specifically, the charge nurse app can announce that a doctor (as defined above in the section “Staff names”) has a patient assignment in a specific room. The charge nurse app will not announce the patient notes. The charge nurse app uses on-device text-to-speech technologies allowing the charge nurse to broadcast announcements to patients and staff.
Updated on February 28, 2019 in support of version 1.0