Smartphone Reviews - Will it replace your Pager?
A recent survey for smartphone reviews showed that 63% of physicians currently use a Smartphone. This use is expected to jump to 81% by 2012.
Many believe that smartphones are going to replace pagers in the hospital settings.
However, smartphones do present some problems.
The first is flat out cost. The hospital pays about $50 per year for a pager, whereas a smartphone costs about $600 per year.
Many physicians are unwilling to use their own personal devices for business use.
Also, cell phone reception and dropped calls are still a big problem in many parts of the country. Additionally, many times just being IN a hospital limits cell phone reception.
Plus, there is concern that smartphones do not meet necessary requirement for an audit trail like pagers do.
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