Archive for 2010

Is Passive RFID Really an Option for Active RFID?

May 26, 2010 2 comments

As is the case most of the time, healthcare customers don't really care whether they have active or passive RFID technology only that it solves their business problem. The only time they begin to care is when they realize the tag and infrastructure expense and consider the real return on that investment. In addition to the tags, all RFID solutions require varying degrees of sensing technology to be layered on top of the existing environment. This often opens up a complex set of issues for facilities, IT and the clinical staff. For both passive and active, the ... More »

In Healthcare Communications, One Device Does Not Fit All…Yet

January 4, 2010 2 comments

Is Your Hospital Considering a One Communication Device Strategy? Here are some key points to consider from my recent article in 1. Usability matters. A NICU nurse whose hands are busy diapering a baby has very different needs than someone dispatching code teams, or an anesthesiologist. In pointing out the difference between purpose-built healthcare devices like those from Ascom, Vocera or Cisco (and say a BlackBerry or an iPhone), Emergin often talks about "buttonology." Visualize code team members fumbling for the Chiclet-sized keys on a BlackBerry Bold when needing to respond to an emergency situation. When seconds matter, better to have ... More »

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