CHA News Article

Use HQI’s QuietNight™ Mobile App to Help Reduce Hospital Noise

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) is pleased to announce the launch of QuietNight™, a next generation mobile tool designed to measure noise in hospital environments and provide real-time feedback.

Excessive noise negatively impacts patient rest and healing. According to Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data, reducing noise has been a steady challenge for California hospitals. Accurate to within -/+ 1 decibel, QuietNight rapidly measures the sound floor in any environment and quantifies opportunities for noise mitigation based on deviation from recommended levels. The app registers and tracks baseline as well as startle noise and provides actionable guidance when noise levels are moving to unacceptable levels. It also integrates HQI’s Journey to a Quiet Night toolkit, which contains best practices for noise reduction, abatement and maintaining a quiet, therapeutic environment.

User feedback is highly appreciated and easy to provide within the app. Future iterations will contain additional features such as GPS functionality and enhanced data flows, which will enable benchmarking of multiple users in like environments and stimulate peer exchange of best mitigation practices. This feature will also identify “hot spots” for targeted noise reduction strategies.

QuietNight is fully HIPAA-compliant as it measures sound pressure and does not create an audio recording. The app is available free of charge on the App Store for Apple iOS mobile devices.