Heath and wellness a bigger concern and fast-growing industry.
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Health and wellness is a booming industry but does it involve audio and visual?
Written By: Kate Couch
The health and wellness industry is a much bigger industry than most people realize. In fact, according to the Global Wellness Institute, the wellness economy is currently valued at 4.5 trillion dollars and represents 5.3% of global economic output. Because of Covid-19 companies are forced to be hyper-aware of how they are dealing with their employee’s and customers’ health. But how does audio-visual come into this? The biggest impact audio-visual has made in the health and wellness movement is on the corporate division: outdoor audio-visual setups. From the medical side, AV systems in hospital rooms and patient rooms.
Outdoor AV Setups
If following Covid guidelines gathering spaces have maximum capacities, however, that maximum capacity increases when the event is held outside. In addition to this when held outside, people usually don't have to wear masks. Corporate companies and small businesses have been opting for more outside-oriented gathering places for customers and employees. This created the need for weatherproof audio-visual technology set-ups. Having large outdoor AV setups is something that's now in high demand similar to the zoom rooms, which were in high demand last year. Large sturdy weatherproof monitors and screens paired with wind-resistant microphones and speakers all help created a better outdoor meeting place.
In addition to the corporate side of health and wellness AV, there's also personal health and wellness AV. At-home gyms with AV setups for live streaming exercise classes are something you see in more homes now. Exercise equipment, like the Peloton that has a large display screen, has also made an impact on the market. Technology and audio-visual are integrating themselves into every industry and health and wellness are no exception.
Primary care AV
AV in the last 5 years has made an impact on patient care in hospitals and nursing homes. This is probably one of the bigger impacts that AV has made on the health and wellness industry. Remote patient monitoring is a monitoring setup system in a patient's room. Nurses and doctors can check up on patients without having to be in their rooms 24/7. Remote patient monitoring has decreased dangerous patient falls by 17.3% according to Building and Environment written by, E. Morales. Telehealth is also something that hospitals and primary care providers have implemented. This includes virtual doctors’ appointments, therapy sessions, or interpersonal meetings between doctors. These have to be done through a very secure and safe system for patients’ privacy. The proper audio-visual setup for these circumstances in hospitals and doctors’ offices is crucial.
Hospitals have also been including other AV systems in their clinics, such as sound masking for auditory privacy. Technology integrated rooms with patient's vitals being sent to AVscreens and hubs that are easier for everyone to access.
The health and wellness industry is growing rapidly, it's something that's becoming more important to people and business. Audio-visual can be a big help in making sure that your employees and communities stay safe and healthy while adapting to the needs of new technology. If you're interested in any of these systems reach out to a local audio-visual professional like Audio Visual Bend.
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