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The 'voICe' App Eases Patient Communication in Clinical Environments

A group of Dutch innovators have created a new smartphone app, dubbed 'voICe', that is designed to ease patient communication among pediatric and adult patients who are unable to speak because they are on a ventilator or are breathing through a tracheostoma.

What makes this patient communication app so novel is the fact that it makes use of pictorial representations to represent speech and text at the same time, with the images being adapted to serve the needs of child patients. The app also allows for the incorporation of video messages from loved ones.

Good patient communication is key to improving patient comfort as well as boosting caregivers' ability to do their jobs, and this is exactly what the voICe app promotes.