Spectrum Health partners with Cerner & Microsoft

Medicine on the Net notes in its March 2008 “New on the ‘net” section that Spectrum Health/Butterworth (Grand Rapids, MI)  has a new system providing about 200 patients with “bedside technology to surf the Internet, communicate electronically with healthcare teams, watch videos, and enjoy movies and games powered by Xbox 360 software.”  The system, called Care Console, was developed in partnership with Cerner Corporation and Microsoft Corporation. 

“Hospital’s patients can surf Web, play video games.” Medicine on the Net 2008 Mar; 14(3): 8-9.  (Link to the Gale fulltext for Michigan readers)

The Medicine on the Net article cites the Detroit Free Press as its source.  I found the press releases more informative, at either of these websites:

Spectrum Health Collaborates with Cerner and Microsoft to implement technologies that empower patients

The system was displayed at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan. 7-10). 

I note, looking through various blogs and online news sources picking up on this announcement, that very few of them emphasize the “games and videos” aspect of the system. 

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