Improve the quality of caregiver to patient communication, while reducing errors, and inefficiencies

What's the big idea?

Hospitals are looking for ways to improve patient satisfaction. Currently the primary point of communication from the caregivers to the patient and family members is an analog whiteboard - that may or may not get updated with the correct information.  CareDisplays is a touch friendly software package that allows caregivers to quickly and accurately update critical communications during a hospital stay that can be delivered through large or small touch displays. CareDisplays provides a better patient experience, and will increase overall satisfaction metrics.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

Skylight & Getwell Network. Our closest players don’t focus on the direct problem, which is quality communication data entry. Instead they focus on giving the patient an over complicated dashboard of information to interact with via keyboard and mouse.

How are you different from that player?

CareDisplays focuses on simple interactions for quality communication data input for the caregivers that’s viewed by the patients and family. It’s an easy-to-read, easy-to-use interface for basic information. This simple platform, will give us a window into other extensions and opportunities.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

As of 2014 there’s currently 5,700 registered hospitals in the U.S. with 920,829 staffed beds. CareDisplays will start small, with attention to detail, and simple integration points. With this approach we hope to become the leader for in hospital patient care communication software.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

I’m a senior software designer and developer that understand business, and what it takes to meet customer demand. I’ve made a career by helping clients bring business applications to market internally within organizations.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

With the $5,000 we would develop a prototype, and setup a series of evaluations with nurses and hospital staff. The goal of this experiment is to validate the easy-of-use of data entry, product price point, and procurement process.

There have been 10 replies to this page

  1. Jessica Lynn Copley

    As an employee in the healthcare field and with a true passion for patient advocacy I think this would be a great asset to patient care!

  2. Jay Jones

    Excellent! Having spent considerable time at hospital bedsides as a minister, it’s evident that effective transfer of information is still one of the greatest hurdles in Healthcare.

  3. Donald J Hull

    Timely and secure way to monitor patients.  Benefits caregivers, patients, and family.

  4. Clarkston Morgan

    With a wife that works in the hospital as a respiratory therapist, I amazed how limited and in-efficient some of the communication points are to the patients. Upon visiting family in the same hospital, I would constantly have to request if the person assisting my love one was the individual listed on the board. They often weren’t because the board wasn’t updated with the new staff information. I definitely see your product making a huge impact and help.

  5. Ben Clowney

    I can see a system like this massively reducing bureaucracy for caregivers, and it would make patients feel much more reassured. Great idea!

  6. Eric McKee


    Wow, thanks for all the great feedback. Done right, it will be a game changer for hospitals.

  7. Ryan VanDyke

    There is definitely potential here for improving communication with patients while making the jobs of nurses and other providers hopefully more efficient.

  8. Eric McKee


    I added a few screenshots to show how data entry will be done - simple & intuitive.

  9. Eric McKee


    A little vision on how I see this product scaling and growing:

    Phase 1
    - Replace Whiteboard with 42” touchscreen. Test for easy of data entry and overall functionality by nurses and administration. Value!
    - No hospital system integration - just local storage for logging everything except patient name (Avoid HIPPA for phase1). The legal department at the hospital would like the fact that the communications are being documented. Value!

    Phase 2
    -  Allow nurses to enter the data on the touch screen, then push the data into EPIC and Cerner Hospital software (Two larger players on the market). This provides a contextual point of data entry for the nurses. I believe contextual data entry is very important to quality data, and easy of use.

    Phase 3
    - Integrate with Caregiver schedules for auto updating of caregiver information - EPIC or Cerner
    - Enable screenshare technology - allowing doctors and nurses to project information to share with the patient and family during times of education, and decision.​
    - Enable annotation

    Phase 4
    - Integrate video calling, opening up telemedicine care, and virtual visitations.
    - Introduce second screen cabilbilties, with patience BYOD movement.
    - Integrate RFID.

    My whole approach with this product, is to make the data entry and communication clear and simple.

  10. David Robb

    Very interesting idea! I think it has a lot of potential.

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This idea was funded by Start Garden staff endorsement on April 24, 2014.