Miami Childrens Hospital launched a smartphone app for Apple iOS devices that uses Wi-Fi triangulation technology to offer patients and families an on-campus indoor GPS-like system, along with other service enhancements, according to a news release.
Through the Fit4KidsCare app, families can locate campus maps, purchase items from the gift shop and order room service, among other things. The app was originally launched in 2010, initially providing families with ED and Urgent Care wait times, driving directions and physician directories. In 2013, the hospital updated its app using mobile-software company Meridians software development kits for navigation and indoor positioning.
“The new app is one of many tools for supporting families in navigating the campus,” Ed Martinez, chief information officer, said in the release. “It supplements a colorful, child-friendly interior way-finding system that uses colors and animal images as visual cues as well as staff commitment to proactive way-finding support.”
Using indoor positioning, the app provides step-by-step directions to any location within the hospital.
Families and friends also can send gifts or cards to patients admitted to the hospital by downloading the app.
In other news, 10 Miami Childrens Hospital pediatric specialty services are ranked among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Reports 2013-14 “Americas Best Childrens Hospitals” rankings, which were posted online June 11.
Miami Childrens ranked in all 10 pediatric subspecialty categories evaluated by the publication. MCH 2013-14 rankings in pediatrics include: neurology & neurosurgery (10); pulmonology (18); orthopedics (20); neonatology (21); urology (23); diabetes & endocrinology (24); cancer (25); cardiology & heart surgery (27); gastroenterology & GI surgery (42); and nephrology (43).
“All of us at Miami Childrens Hospital are honored to be recognized as leaders in pediatric specialty care,” said M. Narendra Kini, MD, MHA, president and CEO of Miami Childrens Hospital. “I wish to extend sincere appreciation to our physicians, nurses and staff for their unwavering commitment to pediatric care innovation and excellence. We look ahead to continuing to advance services and outcomes to bring the best possible care to children in the region and beyond.”
For the 2013-14 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 179 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in 10 specialties and asked 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would send the sickest children.
For the full rankings and methodology, visit http://Health.USNews.com/Best-Hospitals/Pediatric-Rankings.
To download the app, visit the iTunes app store from your mobile device and search for Fit4KidsCare.