Legacy IT solutions have left nurses and other caregivers saddled with an array of proprietary devices including pagers, VOIP phones, barcode scanners, voice pendants, and other hardware. Migrating to a new converged mobile device platform can lighten the load for the nursing staff, both literally and figuratively.
So what is a converged mobile device? In essences they are durable smartphones with added key features for nursing workflows. This type of device is not just a consumer-grade, off-the-shelf smartphone. The mobile device must include a hospital-grade barcode scanner; provide extended battery life sufficient to last an entire shift on a single charge; be rugged enough to be dropped to concrete without shattering the display; and be able to withstand regular cleaning with caustic, hospital-grade disinfectant cleansers.
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