One of our favorite ideas involves using a voice controlled technology like the Amazon Echo, that is immediately compatible with smart home technology and also has a cloud-based connectivity function called "Alexa" that is similar to Siri for Apple devices. With this technology, we might be able to make it such that the whole room can be voice controlled and interfaced. This user-focused device, mirrors the design principle we are keeping at the center of our focus.
We might have a display that is purely patient controlled. A place that they can keep track of their questions, see who is on their care team, or look at information about the inside and outside environment. There could also be entertainment options to watch tv or play games.
There could be a display that shows information that would be relevant to the physician or anyone on the care team. This could include the "About Me" board that describes more about the person in the bed. This display could also be used to show medical information that the physician could edit and type into with a keyboard and mouse that connect to it.
There might be a lot of space for the visitor to manipulate. Perhaps a cork board that allows each visitor to post cards and notes or photos. There could be a white board that allows visitors to help take notes or draw things they know the patient may want to see. This wall could contain information that would be relevant, perhaps about support groups, Sibley facilities, the cafeteria, or just being involved in supporting someone.
The main component would be the window for the room, and thus the wall's main purpose is to lighten and augment the atmosphere in the room. Whether through just the natural light or through the presence of flowers or addition of some scent producing things, the goal is to increase the natural comfort and warmth for everyone in the room.