Wednesday, May 31, 2006

NHS Trust introducing a new communications system

In a TimesOnline article titled 'Hospital staff in Truro who are always in touch' an NHS Trust hospital in Truro is introducing a new communications system that allows staff to contact each other instantly anywhere in the hospital through a voice-activated badge:

"The hands-free device operates on a wireless local area network, weighs less than two ounces and enables users to speak to each other by saying a person’s name or department. They are automatically connected with the appropriate person and can speak to them just as on a normal telephone.

The Royal Cornwall is the first hospital in the UK to install the “Managed Vocera” system, which is designed by BT for an environment where staff need to be contacted urgently and are often away from a desk phone."

Is this an indication of the technologies of care?

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