An Introduction to LED Displays for Healthcare Practices and Hospitals
With the digital display and patient engagement businesses booming, we thought it was a good time to put together a quick guide to LED displays to help you understand what they are, what they can be used for and the advantages of using LED screens in your practice.
What are LED Displays and What are They Used For?
Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) produce a range of different coloured light when an electrical current is passed through them, and their high levels of brightness means they are perfect for outdoor use – common examples are the red lights in cars or traffic lights.
An LED display is simply a screen comprised of numerous flat-panels which use a network of-LEDs to display imagery. Currently they are widely used commercially, and you’ll find them in mobile phones, TVs, computer monitors and countless other electronic devices. You’ll also find bigger LED displays, which contain larger numbers of panels, used in digital billboards.
LED displays are increasingly being used in hospitals and healthcare practices to:
- Help patients navigate premises
- Improve the waiting room experience
- Allow patients to check in
- Communicate health information
What are the Benefits of Using LED Displays?
Digital displays are a proven way to communicate with audiences and constantly deliver high levels of engagement. In fact, 63% of respondents to a survey said that digital signage catches their attention, and digital displays have been shown to capture 400 times more views than static displays.
Typically, LED displays only use around 10 watts of power, which makes them substantially more energy-efficient than LCD displays. Not only does this help you reduce your utility costs and adhere to stricter energy regulations, it also means you’re putting less strain on the environment.
Superior Picture Quality
LEDs produce a brighter and more intense light than LCD screens, for a flicker-free image that reduces headaches and eye strain.
A quality LED display is an investment that can potentially last you decades, with the LEDs themselves lasting from 50,000 to upwards of 100,000 hours. Even at the low-end of that prediction, LEDs will outlast screens using fluorescent or neon tubes by between three and six years, without losing any of their brightness.
Generally, LED displays provide access to plenty of connectivity options, from HDMI and USB to wireless and Bluetooth, meaning a wide range of informative and entertaining content can be diplayed.
What are the Risks of Using LED Displays?
The only noticeable disadvantage that comes from using LED displays is that, as with any top-range technology, the price can often be prohibitive if you’re looking at high-end options. The benefits of LED solutions easily outweight any concerns over cost, especially when considered through the lens of patient engagement.
How do LED Displays Help Your Healthcare Practice or Hospital?
One of the first things you’ll notice after installing LED displays in your hospital or healthcare practice is how many more you could use – they’re just so versatile! Because you’re in control of what’s shown on the screen, the only real limit to their use is your imagination.
Adding LED displays to your waiting room can help to provide patients with a range of informative or entertaining content like RSS feeds for traffic, news, and weather, with live TV often proving a welcome distraction.
Using your screens to display information from the NHS and Public Health England can help increase patient engagement with the messaging – you can even use content you’ve created yourself. In an increasingly diverse society, using digital displays is a great way to reach every patient, with many solutions including automatic translation tools.
Unfortunately, delays and disruptions are always going to be a part of the healthcare industry, but digital displays and patient-calling technology can be used to help manage queues better by updating patients with estimated waiting times – a useful feature considering unexplained waits feel longer than explained waits.
If you know patients are having difficulty navigating your premises, digital displays allow you to rethink your current patient wayfinding systems. The crisp image produced by an LED screen means digital displays are easy to read, and because they’re so lightweight for their size, you’ll have no trouble hanging them from your walls.
Touchscreen LED displays are the perfect platform to introduce patient check-in kiosks complete with patient surveys – a great way to gauge how engaged your patients are and develop strategies to improve this. This is extremely valuable to modern healthcare practices and hospitals, with many reports and studies linking improved patient engagement and positive health outcomes, including:
- Feeling confident about managing their conditions
- Recalling necessary information and knowledge
- Reporting that the chosen treatment was right for them
- Feeling satisfied with their care and treatment
- Adhering to their chosen treatment according to protocols
- Participating in monitoring and preventative medicine as activities