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The Telecom Digest for April 14, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 54 : "text" Format
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Re: Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet (Elmo P. Shagnasty)

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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:00:27 -0400 From: "Elmo P. Shagnasty" <elmop@nastydesigns.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: Nurses Say Pagers Must Go; Hospitals Drag Feet Message-ID: <elmop-53C6A2.10002713042014@[]> In article <li3uk6$osv$1@dont-email.me>, Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> wrote: > Nurses and other healthcare workers who communicate vital patient > information say they need an alternative to outdated pagers and insecure > smartphones. > > by Alison Diana > > At most hospitals, nurses are still required to communicate with > colleagues and doctors via Voice over IP (VoIP) or pagers. But many > nurses, who tend to be constantly on the go, are increasingly ignoring > policy and are texting from their smartphones instead. This approach > carries risks: Not only are the phones insecure, but they could also > introduce germs into sterile environments. > > > Pagers may be less risky, but they aren't efficient. They cost US > hospitals $8.3 billion in 2013, according to a report by the Ponemon > Institute: $3.2 billion through time-consuming discharge processes and > another $5.1 billion while clinicians waited for patient information (an > average of 46 per minutes per day). > > Rest at: > > http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/mobile-and-wireless/nurses-say-pager > > s-must-go-hospitals-drag-feet-/d/d-id/1204255 > -or- > > http://goo.gl/p8rnr8 > In the hospital nearest me, they carry what amount to Star Trek communicators around their necks. These are connected to a central system that does voice recognition, and routes the communication appropriately--all hands off, all voice, and completely internal to the organization.
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