Finding a way in a hospitals for visually impaired or blind can be a pretty rough experience. Often impossible independently requiring help from staff. To understand their position in a hospital we asked some of the visually impaired and blind or their relatives to get the first hand experience.
“For my boyfriend, who is completely blind, it is pretty much impossible without assistance from a staff member. There may be Braille on the wayfinding signs, but most blind people don’t know or use Braille.”
“I have so bad memories from hospitals and especially last year that I rather die than go in any hospital. Let’s put it this way: Hospitals and EMS fail in recognising people who are blind or visually impaired.”
“The hospital I attend the most is an old victorian hospital that has had loads of modern extensions built on to it, as a result it is a huge confusing labyrinthine mess even for the fully sighted. I normally have to ask for a hospital porter to take me in a wheelchair (I do have walking problems too) otherwise it would take me forever to reach whatever dept. I’m going too.”
“Most hospitals I’ve been too is pretty much the same experience – confusing, disorientating.”
However voice navigation for the visually impaired and the blind enables them to find their way more independently enhancing their safety and providing them a simple solution to be more self-sustaining and independent in the area of a hospital.
Navigation in a hospital can be also demanding for disabled patients. Should the visitor be disabled and require wheelchair routing a smartphone application will guide them through.
The technology is here…
Hospitals are known to be very stressful locations for their visitors. However their experience in a hospital can be enhanced with the use of hospital indoor navigation in smartphones.
“The latest report by a company Ricoh says that 74% of hospitals that use mobile devices or tablet from patients are more efficient than those that don’t. The technology for indoor location for hospitals, with everything hospitals might need from it, is here to be used on any smartphone, now it’s the time for hospitals and healthcare facilities to adopt it.” concluded Rónán, the CEO of Locatible.
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