Health care imaging specialist Barco has signed an agreement to acquire UK-based JAOtech, a manufacturer of patient entertainment and point-of-care terminals for hospitals.

JAOtech designs and manufactures medical-grade Smart Terminals for bedside applications. Products include an ergonomic range of mounting solutions and accessories, such as medical keyboards, arms, and wall boxes. The advanced terminals are fully customizable and feature a host of modular options such as barcode scanners, smart card, and RFID readers. Partners are provided with specialist software drivers to enable the system solution to integrate with the hospital information system (HIS) providing health care staff with secure access to electronic medical records (EMR) and vital patient information. Patients are presented with an array of education and entertainment tools, such as TV, radio, and access to e-mail and the Internet.