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Healthc Inform Res. 2016 Jul;22(3):172-177. English. Original Article.
Baek M , Koo BK , Kim BJ , Hong KR , Kim J , Yoo S , Hwang H , Seo J , Kim D , Shin K .
Center for Medical Informatics, Seoul Metropolitan Government-Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Center for Informatics, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
Health Connect, Seoul, Korea.

OBJECTIVES: To develop a tool which can easily access the hospital information system (HIS) to facilitate outpatient care and maximize patient satisfaction on his or her hospital visit. METHODS: Our Center for Informatics developed an outpatient guidance system (OGS) after careful analysis of the list of daily tasks undergone by patients and related work processes. Bluetooth beacons were installed to assist patients, to inform them of points of interest, and to guide them along the proper routes to and within the hospital. RESULTS: The OGS conveniently provided patients' clinic schedules, routes to the hospital, and direct costs; all of this information was embedded in the HIS accessed from patients' personal mobile devices or kiosks. Patients were also able to identify their locations within the hospital, receiving proper directions to subsequent task. Since its launch in October 2014, the number of mobile accesses increased from 4,011 to 8,242 per month within a year. CONCLUSIONS: The substantial growth of interest in and use of our OGS in such a short period indicate that this system has been successfully incorporated into patients' daily activities. We believe that this system will continue to help improve health services and the well-being of those visiting the hospital.

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