Alexa is used for smart hospital room pilot

A pilot program underway in more than 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai is allowing patients to use an Alexa-powered platform known as Aiva to interact hands-free with nurses and control their entertainment. Aiva is the world’s first patient-centered voice assistant platform for hospitals.

Photo
Cedars-Sinai patient John Gooch said his voice activated assistant is "super cool." He uses it to listen to music and contact his nurses.
Source: Cedars-Sinai.

A pilot program underway in more than 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai is allowing patients to use an Alexa-powered platform known as Aiva to interact hands-free with nurses and control their entertainment. Aiva is the world’s first patient-centered voice assistant platform for hospitals.

In the pilot project, patient rooms are equipped with Amazon Echos and patients simply tell the device what they need. For example, patients can turn their TV off and on and change channels by giving verbal commands like, “Alexa, change the channel to ESPN.” A patient who needs assistance getting out of bed might say, “Alexa, tell my nurse I need to get up to use the restroom.”

The patient’s request is routed to the mobile phone of the appropriate caregiver, whether a nurse, clinical partner, manager or administrator. A pain medicine request would be routed to a registered nurse, for example, while a bathroom request would be routed to a clinical partner. If the request is not answered in a timely manner, the Aiva platform sends it up the chain of command. “Whereas previously nurses were frequently asked to help with the in-room television, Alexa does that job for us, allowing nurses to focus on providing the highest level of patient care,” said Golda Morales, assistant nurse manager of General Surgery.

In addition to interaction with the patient’s healthcare team, the devices at Cedars-Sinai include standard Alexa features, allowing patients to feel more connected to the outside world. Currently, the most common request is for the device to play music, followed by content like weather, sports and games.

Peachy Hain, Cedars-Sinai’s executive director of Medical and Surgical Services, was one of the driving forces behind bringing Alexa to patient rooms. “Patients young and old are now used to voice-activated devices in their homes. Since it’s familiar to them, it helps enhance their hospital experience,” said Hain. “In the hospital, patients have little to distract them from pain or loneliness.”

Cedars-Sinai and Aiva are moving patient interaction into the 21st century, when hospital rooms will need more intelligence and convenience to accommodate changing patient needs. “Smart rooms are all about improving satisfaction for both patients and nurses,” said Sumeet Bhatia, founder and CEO of Aiva. “Cedars-Sinai and Aiva are giving patients more entertainment options, more control over their environment and closer communication with their care team.”

Subscribe to our newsletter

Related articles

Smart speakers harnessed for hospital medical treatments

Smart speakers harnessed for hospital medical treatments

Smart speakers that are customarily used in your living room can be programmed to act as an aid to physicians in hospital operating rooms.

An affordable self-navigating smart cane

An affordable self-navigating smart cane

The cane incorporaties sensing and way-finding approaches from robotics and self-driving vehicles.

Do Alexa and Siri make kids bossier?

Do Alexa and Siri make kids bossier?

Researchers studied whether hanging out with conversational agents, such as Alexa or Siri, could affect the way children communicate with their fellow humans.

“Smart Hospital Beds” to prevent falls

“Smart Hospital Beds” to prevent falls

5G smart beds, a prototype innovation to prevent elderly patients from falls in both hospitals and homes was showcased recently.

Robot dances highlight new kind of order in active matter

Robot dances highlight new kind of order in active matter

Scientists have proposed a new principle by which active matter systems can spontaneously order, without need for higher level instructions or even programmed interaction among the agents.

Robotics for everyone or only for the average person?

Robotics for everyone or only for the average person?

Exoskeletons are one technology with great potential - but is often developed for average people. So what about people who are small and thin, or tall and overweight?

Sony’s smart OR platform gains FDA clearance

Sony’s smart OR platform gains FDA clearance

Sony Electronics has received clearance for the company's NUCLeUS™ Operating Room, Imaging Management and Collaboration Control platform.

Robotic hand merges amputee and robotic Control

Robotic hand merges amputee and robotic Control

Scientists have successfully tested neuroprosthetic technology that combines robotic control with users’ voluntary control, opening avenues in the new interdisciplinary field of shared control for neuroprosthetic technologies.

Robot navigates ultrasound pill through colon

Robot navigates ultrasound pill through colon

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images.

Popular articles

Subscribe to Newsletter