Seven reasons why we need pager alternatives in healthcare

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Pitch the pager or face the consequences While smartphones have become the manner of communication for most professionals, pagers are still used in many professions as the standard mode of communication. This choice for pagers comes with significant consequences and indeed many suggest the need for finding pager alternatives in healthcare. For example, pagers are not a secure method for communicating as pager messages are unencrypted. They leak information. Pager communications can also be hijacked. What is surprising is that while pagers have many significant reliability issues associated with them, many doctor and healthcare organizations continue to use them rather than seek a pager alternative. Stickiness While the overall popularity of pagers has been in decline over the past several years (see Google trends graph), pagers still maintain stickiness in the healthcare industry. In part this reason is historical as pagers have been used to alert doctors since the 1950s and […] Read more »

Critical Alerts Without a Data Package


When the Wi-Fi magical garden is gone and the message must get through Most of us don’t even think twice about internet connectivity. We get it at work or Starbucks or at home. It’s one of those low-cost goods in our society which can be produced in vast quantities as needed with minimal effort. And while $30 per month might seem pretty close to free, many consumers and business individuals outside the United States don’t live in our magical wi-fi garden. Got tech support in India? So, imagine instead that you are a company with tech support in India where nearly 900 million people do not have access to the internet. Or perhaps you have support in the Philippines which has the third lowest average connection speed in the region. Further, imagine that you have a critical alert you need to get out to your engineers about a downed server […] Read more »

Physicians Are Embracing Mobile Health Apps

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At least two-thirds of American physcians report using mobile health apps on smartphones while working according to a recent MedData Group survey. But almost two-thirds believe that a connected health care system is either more than five years away or simply will never happen. Are you a IT health care professional wondering how the health care and related technology landscape, such as secure messaging and video conferencing, will evolve over the next few years? The findings of the study provides a snapshot of which mobile technologies physicians are using right now — and what they want to be using in the future. Current Mobile Usage: Almost half of doctors say they currently use mobile apps to look at medication interactions The next-highest type of app cited is for diagnosis Less than 20 percent are currently using apps to access electronic health records The Top Three Areas Doctors are Considering for Next Year: […] Read more »