Blogging from the ICU -- mobile tech to the rescue

Summary:Mobile technology makes it possible to work almost anywhere, including this most unlikely of places.

Seldom do we get a concrete example of how much mobile technology has changed our world than the situation confronting me right now. I am writing these words with an iPad and mobile keyboard while wrapped up in wires monitoring my every move. I am in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a major hospital in Houston following an accident yesterday that caused bleeding in my brain.

Everything is going well, thanks for asking. I am only here in the ICU for close observation. I am doing well considering how things might have been, and that is why I am working from this most unlikely of places. I pulled my iPad out and in a few seconds was on the web and was working away.

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The mobile tools of today turn virtually any location into a work spot with no appreciable drawbacks. The hospital has covered the entire property with Wi-Fi (even the ICU) due to the spread of mobile tech. They use it in the hospital's operation and make it available to patients.

In addition to having computers everywhere you look in the hospital, I was surprised to see things like barcode scanners in use in innovative ways. Every time the nurse comes in to administer medicine, a mobile PDA-like device runs a scanner which is used to scan the patient's ID bracelet. All the tools talk together to make sure medicines are not given to the wrong patient.

I should be out of here soon and back working in "normal" settings. The truth is had I not told you I was blogging in the ICU, you wouldn't have known it. That's how mobile tech has transformed work for many of us. We can be productive almost anywhere. That includes the ICU.

Topics: Hardware, Enterprise Software, Mobility


James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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