The Patient Technology Specialist will act as a support to the Child and Family Life Team and report directly to The Manager of Patient Technology. The Patient Technology Specialist will be implementing, trouble shooting, and maintaining recreational technology based activities with patients and families.
The Patient Technology Specialist will be tasked with providing patients with digital therapeutic experiences. This can include playing video games with patients at bedside, guiding staff on appropriate use of gaming technology, facilitating online and in person group gaming social events, and educating staff, patients, and parents about current gaming trends and technology. They will keep up to date on the latest technology and help clinicians use video game technology in their therapeutic practices. The Patient Technology Specialist must be comfortable working with patients of all ages and abilities. They will help maintain all digital gaming equipment in the Patient Technology Program. They must have the ability to work flexible hours.
60% Bedside therapeutic digital media experiences
The Patient Technology Specialist will provide digital media experiences for patients and families in activity centers, special events, and at bedside. The experiences may include but are not limited to traditional gaming, filming and recording, VR, AR, social media tutorials, basic toy robotic engineering (Legos).
Provide technology assistance to OT, PT, Recreation Therapy and Child Life during therapeutic interventions using VR, gaming, and creative technologies. This includes procedural support and scheduled therapeutic sessions.
Will create programming and special events/activities for various age groups to take place in activity centers and at hospital wide events.
Will assist patients with setting up their own gaming equipment in their hospital rooms.
Help supervise gaming volunteers and students
20% Research and maintenance
Research upcoming technologies and maintain current gaming equipment including but not limited to all gaming consoles, technology in child life spaces, bedside iPads and gaming consoles, video recording and streaming technologies.
15% Educate Staff about upcoming technology processes
Includes one on one and group presentations to multidisciplinary staff.
5% Other duties as assigned
Provide patients with bedside interactive gaming experiences
Maintaining equipment including VR cart and video game lending cart
Assist staff with game console and tablet related issues
Help train volunteers, interns, and vendors
Assist other medical staff with recreational technology based interventions
Help film and produce videos for Mott TV
Assist staff in producing digital educational content
Help patients use digital media for creative purposes
Create, run, and coordinate gaming events in hospital activity rooms and public spaces
Educate staff about incoming recreational technologies
Must be flexible with schedule
Associates degree in related field and/or a combination of education and experience
Knowledgeable of current digital gaming hardware and software
Experience with VR and AR technology
Knowledge of iOS, Android, and Windows based devices
Experience working with children ages 2-26
Experience working in a hospital setting with patients and families
Experience working with people in high stress situations
Bachelor's degree preferred
Certified Recreation Therapist or Certified Child Life Specialist preferred
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