Overland Park, KS February 11, 2003 Sprint
today introduced a mobile computing solution designed to improve
patient care and make hospitals more efficient. The solution gives
physicians remote access to critical patient information via virtually
any wireless and Web-enabled device, allowing doctors to more
frequently monitor a patients status and even make
changes to a patients orders without having to physically
be in the hospital.
The solution has the ability to notify a doctor if a patients
vital signs fall below a pre-determined level set by the doctor.
This allows doctors to be immediately notified of a potentially
life-threatening situation, regardless of whether they are at
home or even out to dinner. Sprints mobile computing solution
transmits text- and graphics-based messages to physicians using
Sprint Web-enabled PCS phones, the Handspring Treo 300, wireless
and Web-enabled Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) such as the
Palm and HP iPaq, and laptop computers.
In addition to improving the real-time access to data that can
improve the quality of patient care, Sprints mobile computing
solution also helps hospitals greatly reduce staffing costs by
making doctors and staff more efficient. With immediate access
to important patient medical information via a single hand-held
device, doctors can make critical decisions and relay them quickly
to attending nurses and staff.
Hospital patients need around-the-clock, personal attention
whether or not their doctors are on the premises, said Bruce
Friedman, director of mobile computing services, Sprint. And
hospital administrators are under increasing pressure to make
their facilities more efficient. Sprints mobile computing
solution supports both needs making doctors more efficient
while helping them focus their attention on those patients who
really need it, when they need it, regardless of what time it
is or where the doctor is.
Mobile Computing Facts
Sprints Enterprise Application Messaging and nationwide
enhanced PCS network with its 3G capabilities are the foundations
that make Sprints mobile computing solution possible for
hospitals. The award-winning Sprint Enterprise Application Messaging
gives hospitals a flexible solution that allows PCs to communicate
with doctors via multiple devices, and ensures that messages to
and from doctors are secure and remain confidential. And Sprints
enhanced nationwide PCS network gives the solution the reach necessary
to contact physicians quickly.
Sprints Enterprise Application Messaging utilizes Sprint
Enterprise Instant Messaging (IM), the industrys first carrier-grade
and enterprise-class, secure IM platform. Sprints mobile
computing via Enterprise Application Messaging is available to
hospitals as a managed hosting platform or a corporate solution
that is wholly contained inside a hospitals firewall.
Many hospitals currently use database server technology that
receives and stores critical care data from patients, and medical
professionals typically use stationary terminals throughout the
hospital to access that information. However, the Sprint mobile
computing solution links the hospitals server database with
Sprints PCS network, which allows doctors to access up-to-date
information outside the hospital walls instantly via the wireless
and Web-enabled device of their choice.
The solution allows doctors to determine how they want to receive
patient information. For example, doctors who are concerned about
a critical patient can proactively use a series of drop-down menus
to locate specific patients and their medical information. Alternatively,
doctors can set up the solution to immediately notify them when
a certain patients vital signs drop below a pre-set threshold.
Doctors can then contact a nurse to investigate or head to the
Sprints intuitive mobile interface developed through Sprint
Enterprise Application Messaging facilitates the display of text-
or graphics-based information. Text-based information gives the
doctor an immediate display of a heart patients heart rate,
blood pressure and temperature, for example, while a graphics-based
alert will provide those current readings along with some historical
Sprint is a global communications company serving more than 26
million business and residential customers in over 70 countries.
With approximately 72,000 employees worldwide and nearly $27 billion
in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing,
engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies,
including the United States' first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic
network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint
provides local voice and data services in 18 states and operates
the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network
in the United States.