EIR Healthcare and Crestron build Amazon Alexa into smart hospital rooms to provide improved patient outcomes

EIR Healthcare has partnered with leading-edge technology solutions company Crestron to integrate Amazon Alexa into its prefabricated, modularly built smart hospital room, to create an improved experience for patients and professionals alike, leading to the creation of a smart ecosystem for the industry.

Through this integration, EIR Healthcare has created a closed loop control system that integrates the advanced technology of the Alexa product as part of the core Internet of Things (IoT) build-out of the MedModular rooms, not just as an add-on.

MedModular rooms are delivered 90 percent complete, wired with smart technology, for easy “Lego-esque” integration into hospital infrastructure. This ensures attention and resources can be directed to where they are most impactful, such as staffing budgets, resources for advanced research and new equipment.

Amazon Alexa is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.

EIR Healthcare collaborates with each hospital to customize the optimal space. Through our technology and design, doctors, nurses and any healthcare professional interacting with patients in a MedModular room are equipped to provide nothing short of excellence within every interaction.

All of the commands are based off of controls that already exist in the room. In an effort to streamline the adaptation process for professionals and patients alike, multiple commands for the same action have also been included for ease of use that will allow for the commands to be more natural, as opposed to following a specific script.

Commands include, but are not limited to: “Alexa, turn on the room,” “Alexa, turn on the bathroom,” “Alexa, turn the room lights on,” “Alexa, sky light on,” “Alexa, exam mode off,” “Alexa, private window,” and “Alexa, turn reading mode on.”

The integrations are being deployed and distributed by Crestron, who is at the forefront of offering technology solutions that address the needs of customers globally and transform society.

“Our engineering team has been working around the clock to find new ways to integrate cutting-edge innovations into the build of our hospital rooms,” said Grant Geiger, founder & CEO, EIR Healthcare. “Amazon Alexa was a natural fit as a leader in the voice assistant space, helping to create an even more elevated experience for patients and healthcare professionals that will ever touch a MedModular room.”

“Partnering with EIR Healthcare has been a natural fit as our dedication to propelling healthcare and its delivery into the future is deeply align,” said Nathan Dietrich, National Design Manager at Crestron. “With our long-standing expertise in the industry, we’ve been delighted to find a way to integrate the Amazon voice assistant technology into the core build of a hospital room, as we believe this is where the future of hospitals should be headed.”

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