Your local area hospital administrator might cringe, but the future of medicine is in many ways wireless. Today’s news just confirms this. The Global Care Quest system, covered by us before, has received a major sponsor. From today’s press release:
Sprint (NYSE: S) and Global Care Quest Inc. today made a significant step in the healthcare industry, by announcing their agreement to offer the Integrated Clinical Information System Mobile (ICIS Mobile) solution to healthcare providers. This secure remote solution, available on select Sprint handheld devices and smart phones, delivers critical real-time patient information to intensivists – physicians specializing in the care of intensive care patients – both inside and outside the hospital.
With ICIS Mobile, a physician attending their son’s soccer league game can respond instantly to emergencies by accessing complete patient data on their handheld device – delivering the right care, right away.
“Sprint is committed to improving the quality and safety of patient care by providing cutting edge wireless mobility solutions in healthcare and extending the workplace outside of hospitals, thus helping physicians address patient needs instantly,” said Bill Montgomery, director of healthcare for Sprint. “Our relationship with Global Care Quest represents the next generation of wireless medical communication. Sprint continues to work with key partners to address the multiple challenges faced by the healthcare industry.”
Under this new agreement, ICIS Mobile will be available on select Sprint phones, including the Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Smart Device PPC-6700. In a typical hospital intensive care unit (ICU) setting physicians have to rely on multiple sources to retrieve patient information, which can be time consuming. With ICIS Mobile, physicians have instant access to comprehensive patient information, securely and remotely, on their handheld devices.
The Evolution Data Optimized (EV-DO) functionality, available on the Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Smart Device PPC-6700, provides faster speeds to download data and leverage mobile applications, allowing physicians to respond instantly to emergencies from any location, anytime. Information is presented in a series of clinical windows that include diagnostic images, real-time vital signs, lab results, trend data, patient demographic data, live video feeds, clinical notes, rounding lists and remote bedside monitoring.
In other words, simply enough to stroke out any hospital administrator or a militant ICU charge nurse before he throws “No Cell Phones” sign at you.
The press release…
To see the system in action: Video of UCLA Mobile, Wireless System (for realplayer)…
Flashbacks: UCLA Medical Center Shreds Hospital Paper Chase; Goes Wireless; Video of UCLA Mobile, Wireless System