Feb 11 2020

Installing a Video Wall? Ask These 5 Questions First

From maintenance to content, here’s what healthcare IT teams should consider.
Video walls display large, vibrant visuals and can provide a valuable — and unmistakable — service in healthcare.  When taking center stage in a hospital clinical command center, for instance, they help staff track data such as available beds and discharge times, as well as the flow of patients around the hospital. Installed in a waiting room or lobby, they may supply visitor entertainment as well as display wayfinding services, general announcements and public art.  Momentum is growing: Fortune Business Insights expects the LED video wall market to reach $36 billion by 2026 — more than double the market share in 2018.  Still, many considerations must be addressed before installing a video wall in your hospital. Among them: screen size, building infrastructure, maintenance and staff training.  Hospitals typically go with 55-inch displays, according to Suchit Rout, director of strategic marketing at Barco, a collaborative visualization solution provider. You can configure a wall to create a massive display of several panels. The video walls should have the least “bezel” — the gaps between panels — possible, Rout says, to avoid distractions due to breaks that interrupt the content shown.  He also advises hospitals to pursue professional-grade video walls rather than the consumer displays found in homes. “If it’s a 24/7 operations center, they must consider buying only fit-for-purpose products,” he says.  Rout shared more video wall best practices with HealthTech, a...

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