December 4, 2006

IT Phone Home

Filed under: — mlazoff

Use of Mobile and Wireless Technology Jumps in Hospitals, according to an article posted two weeks ago in Digital Healthcare and (the new name for Healthcare IT World News). “Even though adoption of electronic health records (EHR) and other clinical IT remains fairly anemic, at least one aspect of health-IT has taken giant steps forward in the last few years: the use of mobile and wireless technology where choices are proliferating.” Mobile technology here are essentially PDA smart phones with built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless functionality. Technology has improved over just the past few years; according to the article, the time it takes to download images has decreased from 30 seconds to 3 seconds. Although screen size and resolution on these devices still do not allow for quality graphics, the article quotes several physicians who state that consulting on emergency conditions does not generally require subtle findings in CT scans or EKGs. The article goes on to describe upgrades in the major wireless networks, and how local area networks (LANs) such as Wi-Fi hot spots are bridging technology gaps. Specific LANs operating in hospital complexs are also described.

“And there’s another side benefit of the mobile devices. ‘Our kids, in particular, just love us carrying around our iPaqs,’ says [Julie] Massey, MD, a pediatrician.”

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