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5 ways smartphones can be linked to hospital systems
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A new report from Spyglass Consulting Group finds that 90 percent of surveyed hospitals are making enterprisewide investments in smartphones and secure mobile communication platforms to drive clinical transformation and identify common communication challenges that clinicians face.

The surveyed hospitals identify common challenges nurses, physicians and other clinicians have confronted that a new smartphone strategy could rectify, notes Gregg Malkary, founder and managing director at Spyglass. In particular, clinicians are overwhelmed by overhead paging systems, regular pagers, landline phones, proprietary VoIP handsets, incoming voice and text communications and a continuous stream of device alarms, leaving little time for direct patient care. However, a next generation platform can use middleware to integrate newer communication systems with five core hospital legacy systems.