Chromecast for Healthcare

Commercially certified Google Chromecast enables the casting of content from a portable device to a healthcare display – offering an almost infinite supply of content from apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and BBC iPlayer.

What is it?

Google Chromecast is a small device that plugs into a television’s HDMI socket, enabling the casting of internet media from a portable device to the in-room television.  The device allows patients to access a range of content from apps such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Spotify.

Why is commercially certified Chromecast necessary?

A commercially certified Chromecast device will be configured to prevent interference between beds/rooms and housed in protective casing to stop tampering and theft.

Chromecast can also be integrated into an information system, providing an intuitive point of access and ensuring the return to a branded GUI when casting has finished.

How does it work?

Using a portable device (such as a smartphone or tablet) as a remote control, the patient can choose from a list of compatible apps and simply ‘cast’ the app’s content from the device onto the TV. All that’s needed is a wifi connection, a Chromecast unit and a television with an HDMI port.

Is it simple to use?

Yes! Airwave’s Chromecast solution is based on a one-step authentication process. The patient simply scans a QR code on the in-room TV and pairs their smart device accordingly. It’s as simple as that!

Why is it important?

Eight in ten adults in the UK (40 million people) use subscription services such as Netflix or catch-up TV services, and over 45 million people own a smart portable device.

Chromecast enables a guest to watch their own content on the room’s big screen, providing the much sought after “home-from-home” experience. Click here for a further list of benefits offered to the guest and hotel.

 

Does it need a SMART TV?

No. A Chromecast unit turns a non-smart TV into a smart TV, providing a multitude of popular apps, a browser and typically, a quicker, more intuitive viewing experience.

 

What platforms are compatible with Chromecast?

Chromecast is compatible with Windows, Android, Apple OS X, Chrome OS and Linux – so will cover almost every device.

How does Chromecast differ from screen-mirroring?

Chromecast allows users to browse their device without disrupting what’s streaming to the TV (as an example, users can receive calls, respond to texts and surf the net whilst watching content from Netflix). Also, screen mirroring is only compatible with Android devices, and consequently only relevant to a fraction of patients.

 

Will casting drain the patient’s battery or data allowance?

No. Battery is only used to initiate casting, and all solutions use WiFi, not data.

 

How can Airwave Healthcare help?

Airwave has implemented thousands of commercially certified Chromecast systems across the healthcare and hospitality sectors, and as such are experts in commercial Chromecast technology.