05 May Wireless IT in health care: the time is now?
After years of talk about wireless technologies’ potential for widespread use in medical applications, they appear to be ready for a takeoff in adoption within health care organizations.
And some doctors and IT professionals think that wireless has the potential to transform health care in the U.S. by improving patient care and lowering costs.
It remains to be seen whether that will prove to be a sound prediction or yet another case of cockeyed optimism about new technologies. But wireless proponents such as Dr. Eric Topol are in a bullish mood.
Topol, a cardiologist and administrator at Scripps Health in San Diego, is a longtime advocate of wireless technologies and has worked as an adviser and board member at some start-ups. In a keynote speech at last month’s International CTIA Wireless 2009 conference in Las Vegas, he pointed to a number of technologies that are either on the market or being used in trials, claiming that they could help improve patient monitoring and reduce errors in administering medications.
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