Using grids to handle a shortage of processing power is old hat. But the Globus alliance, which develops grid applications, has adapted grids for dealing with hospitals' last-mile bandwidth problem.
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If anything is going to solve the hospital IT problem it’s software as a service
The fact is that, during economic hard times, hospitals and patients and doctors do tighten their belts. Frills disappear, money for new gadgets which aren't really innovative disappears.
Galvanon's MediKiosk can handle check-in, appointments, consent forms, co-pay collections via credit card, and can even be programmed to help people get to the right room in your hospital.
On the surface it's an iPod knock-off, with an FM radio and talking clock. But it also has a scanner and digital recorder. All the buttons are voice-activated, telling you what they do when you press them. It comes with 20 RFID labels which you can program (and re-program) to describe, say, the medicine bottle in a cabinet.
Will you take action based on a data stream, or will you let that data stream take action for you?
For the online health care revolution to really get going we don't need prototypes, and we don't need search. We need better privacy laws, against Big Brother, Little Brother, and everyone else, a HIPAA for the 21st century.
What makes this cool is it has everything a doctor needs in a laptop, starting with a handle
Many medical offices are in a blind spot of the IT market. They're too big for do-it-yourself solutions, but too small to hire a full-time IT professional.One suggestion from John Avellanet, co-founder of compliance experts Cerulean Associates, is to hire a part-time CIO.
A new flood of entrepreneurial energy is coming into health care. While previous waves focused on devices, or facility roll-ups, the new wave aims to use technology for cutting costs and empowering patients.