Wednesday, 12 12, 2012
The bilingual touch-screen kiosk offers general health information
HYDEN, Ky. – Kentucky Commission on Women (KCW) Executive Director Eleanor Jordan and other women’s health advocates today unveiled a new interactive women’s wellness kiosk at Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital in Hyden.
This is the sixth kiosk launched by the Commission and its partners and will be housed at Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital, which serves Leslie County and the surrounding region. Frontier Nursing University is sponsoring the kiosk at the hospital.
The kiosk design is similar to that of an automated teller machine. Health information is provided in a manner that serves multiple reading abilities for easy comprehension and recollection. The touch-screen technology attracts visitors and allows for the information to be provided in both audio and visual formats to appeal to a broader audience.
The bilingual touch-screen kiosk provides a wide range of information on general women’s wellness and breast health, including symptoms and treatment options for diabetes, asthma, cancers, weight management, smoking cessation, STDs, depression, heart health, domestic violence, breast health and HIV-AIDS.
Each topic is programmed with women’s health stories, preventive measures, suggested follow-up questions to ask a healthcare provider and encouragement to visit a medical professional. The kiosk also includes a telephone that is programmed to connect the user with immediate assistance or to schedule appointments.
“Using this technology as a wellness guide for women to easily access a vast amount of basic health information and access immediate assistance could prove to be one of the most innovative ways of getting women to take hold of their own health,” Jordan said. “This kiosk is a non-threatening and easy-to-navigate way to gently encourage behavior toward wellness and prevention for hard-to-reach women.
“The more of these we place in targeted areas where they become a trusted resource, the greater chance we have of empowering women and changing the health and well-being statistics for Kentucky’s women. Kiosk usage statistics show that we have already impacted hundreds of women,” she said.
“The staff at Mary Breckinridge ARH Hospital is excited to be able to serve as a host location for this women’s health kiosk,” said Jerry W. Haynes, ARH president and CEO. “The health information that this kiosk will make available to our hospital and clinic patients will serve as an excellent resource to complement our medical services and prevention education programs in Leslie County.”
“We are proud to partner with the Kentucky Commission on Women in this initiative, especially because our missions are so closely matched,” said Dr. Susan Stone, president and dean of Frontier Nursing University. “Striving to improve the health of women and families has been at the heart of our work since our school was founded more than 70 years ago. Leslie County provides a wonderful home for our university, and we are committed to this community’s health and well-being.”
“The kiosk is an innovative means in which to provide outreach to women within a familiar environment,” said Joy Hoskins, director, Division of Women’s Health and assistant director of Nursing, Kentucky Department for Public Health. “Women will have the opportunity to review information about their health that is relevant and timely.”
Mary Breckinridge ARH is a 25 bed critical access hospital located in Hyden. Of those 25 beds, 10 are swing beds. The 87-year-old hospital also offers services such as emergency room, general surgery, radiology, laboratory, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home health agency and three rural health clinics.
For more than 70 years, Frontier Nursing University has educated nursing leaders in eastern Kentucky and across the country. The university’s graduate-level programs prepare nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to provide primary care to women and families with an emphasis on rural and underserved populations.