All things wireless for clinical support, including handhelds and medical cell phones, wireless monitoring, camera phones, or anything else that supports the digital lifestyle of the mobile professional
The HTC Hero is Sprint's first Android-based smartphone. The advantage of pre-ordering from BestBuy is that you don't have to mail in a voucher to receive the rebate. What you do is fill out a form, and pay for a $50 gift card that is applied to the purchase the phone.
The final cost is $180 with a 2-year contract with Sprint.
The phone should be available on Oct. 11, but I couldn't get a confirmation from BestBuy. We'll see.
This is the CDC Mobile Web site, and the H1N1 Flu Mobile Texting Pilot.
I like the idea of making important Web sites accessible on smartphones.
UPDATE: I signed up for the H1N1 texting updates, then received 3 more SMS messages asking for my sex, age and ZIP code. I wish they had told in advance that they wanted to do a survey. I could've given all the info in one SMS.
Rojas says that he felt the Zune's browser, a mobile IE version, was sluggish when he attempted the pinch and expand finger movements. This would be a deal breaker for me. I'm hoping that the next Android HTC Hero smartphone from Sprint will have a decent browser, and fully satisfy my convergence needs.
Dell, the largest U.S. computermaker, took a giant step in the direction of becoming a major player in healthcare information technology outsourcing with its proposed $3.9 billion deal to purchase Perot Systems Corp., a leading provider of outsourced IT in healthcare.
In May 2008, another giant computermaker, Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., announced it would pay $13.9 billion for outsource IT service provider EDS, also from Plano, Texas, and also a big player in healthcare IT. Both Perot and EDS were founded by Texas entrepreneur and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot.
iTunes 9.0.1 & QuickTime: I'm only interested in Webcasts, formerly known as Podcasts. The Genius function doesn't do it for me, I'd rather do this with Pandora.com. Rent movies? Nah. I'll do Unbox Video with Amazon.com, as well as the music MP3s.
Mozilla Firefox 3.5.3: I'm still trying to figure out a way to manage opt-in cookies. Just for the heck of it, I've enabled notification each time a cookie is to be placed. The NoScript add-on also provides an interesting perspective, alerting you for each and every script that will run on the Web page. Still evaluating Zotero for scholarly research and citation management.
Google Chrome 188.8.131.52: Fast and stable, but it does choke on Web sites that auto-update, but this is not a major problem. My most-used browser, now.
Microsoft Security Essentials: Yes, I enable automatic updates for the second Tuesday security upgrades, and since I'm not running an MRI scanner I'm not encumbered by the FDA. Running XP SP3.
Carriers are quickly adding high-speed network capacity, but in the meantime, AT&T and T-Mobile are throwing another lifeline to customers in the form of Wi-Fi. Both are making it easier to connect to wireless hot spots with their phones, in an effort to deliver fast data and clear calls in areas where neither might be possible.
In this respect, AT&T has been the most aggressive of any carrier. The company said this month that customers with a Windows Mobile phone could now connect freely at any of the company’s roughly 20,000 hot spots.
My impression is that the Apple iPhone/iPod Touch platform (and maybe soon to be released Apple tablet) are stellar performers in regard to Wi-Fi support. It's not "another lifeline." This shouldn't be minimized.
Over the last several years, many hospitals have gone from being no-cellphone zones to wide-open wireless environments, with multiple types of wireless networks co-existing to provide anywhere communications and real-time delivery of medical testing data and telemetry. GE Healthcare, a division of GE (NYSE: GE), has been at the center of this trend, teaming with MobileAccess for wireless LAN capabilities in its GE Carescape Enterprise Access platform for managing patient data, and then with Sprint (NYSE:S) to also offer in-building voice and data transmission.
I don't know if "wide-open wireless environments" is necessarily a good thing. Sure, this is an over-hyped story of the trend towards accepting wireless support in hospitals--who's to argue with the "hotbeds" pun?--but it does mean progress, if and only if security and patient privacy issues can be addressed and maintained.