Motorola Solutions, the part of the original Motorola that Google didn’t acquire, has just released two devices for hospital use. The SB1-HC is at first a simple badge that can be worn around the neck, arm, or wherever comfortable, and displays the worker’s mugshot and role at the hospital. When the person wearing it flips it toward himself, the device becomes a sort of information kiosk through which all kinds of data can be displayed about patients, rooms, equipment, etc. Moreover, there’s push-to-talk communication built in, which seems to resemble how “communicators” within Star Trek operate, so that everyone on a team can stay easily in touch throughout the facility. The device runs HTML5 apps, making it easy to develop new customized features for every hospital’s unique needs.
The MC40-HC is a smallish Android tablet running Motorola Solutions’ Extensions (Mx) security suite that also has a built-in barcode scanner so that equipment, medications, and anything else that can be scanned, can be managed using one device. It also features push-to-talk functionality and because it’s running the common Android platform, getting everyone comfortable with the device should be fairly easy.
Both products are cleanable and are built to withstand the rigors of busy environments found in hospitals and clinics.