Month: November 2015

4 Steps to setup a push Notifications/ Alerts System

In the last 5 minutes, how many times have you looked at your phone?

In the past hour, how many times did you review the updates on your phone? 

In the past 24 hours, can you remember the reasons you picked up your phone?

By latest estimates and studies, people are consuming looking up at their phones upwards of 76% of the time to recieve calls, review the notifications or probably just catchup on the #HITSMIND and @HCITExpert twitter feed. 

Ok the last one, just a plug, but hope you are doing that !!

To receive the latest #HIMSS16 Bulletin your mobile, follow these steps: 

  1. Download Pushbullet app (iOS, Android)
  2. Login using your google or facebook account
  3. “Follow” the channel HCITExperts channel
  4. Start receiving our daily bulletin your mobile
You can also use pushbullet to create a notification system for your Hospital, read on below to know how you can enable that. 
It is therefore clear that we are reliant on the number of times we receive notifications to “ACT” upon an update or to review an email, cause of course we want to be prompt in our replies and up-to-date with the new-age information deluge.

With the availability of wearables, the attention to the notifications has now been more incorporated within our lives, with the wearables being used to buzz on our wrists to let us know of a new notification or in some cases letting us know which turn to make, left or right.

It becomes therefore quite apparent that we are getting more reactionary to the information deluge we face, so that we react to the more important messages, news, chats etc from the millions, if not thousands points of data we receive on our phone, i.e., Notifications or the BUZZ.

Getting an understanding of this behaviour, I felt the hospitals can make use of new technologies available to push information directly to their customers. And at the same time leaving the choice to the customer, to be the consumer of these notifications. 

A Scenario: Lets say there is a hospital that wants to quickly setup a notification system, for hospital based notifications, regarding holidays, healthcare reminders, quality updates, hospital operational updates and many other such “notifications”. 

Presenting, Pushbullet. Using Pushbullet, the hospital IT department does the following:
1. Create a Pushbullet account, here
2. Create a Pushbullet Channel, here. Channels can also be linked to a RSS feed.
3. Advertise to, patients & employees to “Follow” the channel, e.g., HCITExperts channel
4. Start publishing updates

And voila, in four steps you have your own “Notifications” system right into the hands of your customers and employees. A Direct-to-Customer notification system.

Since pushbullet is available for all mobile, desktop and as a browser plugin you can be rest assured your notification will be delivered direct to the intended audience. 

Further scenarios can be Disease Based Channels, Public Notification Boards, Hyper-Local disease surveillance to suggest a few.

Head on over to our HCITExperts channel to get a feel of how it works. We are using our channel to share updates from some of the Top Health IT blogs in healthcare.

Until the next Buzz then.

(PS: You can also use Instapush, Pushalot and Pushover)

RFID in Healthcare: Usecases from Hospitals by @msharmas


RFID is being used in healthcare to provide Innovative solutions for enabling quality in care, reduce costs & improve patient safety.
Some years back while on a visit to New Zealand, I had found an interesting usecase of RFID being used for sample collection. The person going from location to location on his route, was identifying the sample containers using a RFID tag. The RFID tag was reusable and I found the problem of smudging of a patient identification label, not being a problem in this case.

I found this to be quite an interesting scenario for using RFID in sample collection to ensure sample tracking and identification. Definitely there will be a cost reduction from the point of view of not printing/ re-printing sample labels. Once the sample has been processed, the RFID tag can be reused. There has been a considerable reduction in the cost of passive and active RFID tags.

While reviewing the recent research around the use of RFID in Healthcare, I found RFID is being in the following usecase scenarios: 

  • used to shorten outpatient waiting times, 
  • countinuous temperature monitoring for kids, 
  • patient tracking, 
  • mother-infant cot matching
  • Infant safety 
  • Inventory tracking
  • Asset tracking in hospitals
  • RFID cabinets for surgical devices 
In our Storify for RFIDs in Healthcare, we have shared some of the Case Studies via Wireless Healthcare Blog., and some other sources. We hope to keep updating this storify with additional scenarios from other countries and hospitals.

You can also look up the latest examples and scenarios during the following conference: RFID in Health Care 2015 | RFID Journal Events

Share more stories with us via the comments or the Twitter Hashtag : #HITSMIND

Additional resources:

1. An RFID-Reading Wristband Tracks Hand Hygiene to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections | MIT Technology Review 

2. In the recently concluded SuperBowl 50 RFID was used to gather player data.

RT Hi-tech inspiration 4#healthcare? Sensors convert every player to a LIVE data node!  

3. Mother-infant RFID tagging to check lifting of newborns in hospitals – The Hindu

4.  HEALTH TECHNOLOGY: Radio Frequency Identification in Healthcare – Manish Sharma | World Health Innovation Summit Blog (this article was also published in the World Health Innovation Summit Blog)

Read the storify in this post to review the various usecase scenarios. You can click on the links to get to the source articles and review the scenarios in detail.

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