From now on cardiac patients can already take a look at home in ‘de Hartlounge’ (cardiac lounge) and the treatment rooms of the Cardiovascular Center of the Catharina Hospital.
On a certain website they can walk through the department via a 360-degree street view. This is possible via a computer, telephone or tablet. In some places users can click on, for example, an explanation video.
Research has shown that it gives patients peace of mind if they can look around at the place where they will be treated later. Among other things, they see the place where they register, how an in-take proceeds and what the treatment room looks like. Nearly 5,000 patients visit the heart lounge at the Catharina Hospital every year to undergo treatment. ‘Many cardiac patients are referred to us from another hospital. They don’t know our hospital and they don’t know where they end up, “says cardiologist Pim Tonino. “We will remove this uncertainty with this virtual tour.”
The project was done in collaboration with students from Fontys School of People and Health Studies. Among other things, they have conducted research into the information needs of patients and their caregivers. It is the fourth department of the Catharina Hospital that has been visualized in this innovative way.