Check out Leonard Nimoy advertising old school pagers in this 1979 commercial. This was the year that I graduated from high school and, since 1979, much has appeared in the technology market and then subsequently become obsolete. For example:
- The IBM PC
- The Walkman
- The FAX machine
But, amazingly, the focus of this commercial – the hardware pager – has lived on and the healthcare market is still the largest user of pagers. Why has this ancient technology been so hard to replace and what is finally going to relegate the pager to the technology graveyard?
Healthcare’s major impediment to replacing pagers has been embedded workflows. The communications path for many clinicians is reliant on the pager and, unless there is a seamless alternative, the “pain” of changing the workflow is greater than the “gain” of retiring the hardware. Even hospitals with the best intent of getting rid of their pagers often find the process slow and difficult.
We would like you to consider an alternative; instead of going cold turkey and eliminating your pagers, try our MH-CURE software, which includes a “Pager Replacement” module that will enable all clinicians’ pages to be delivered directly to their smartphones via our MH-CURE smartphone app.
This means that your current workflows do not change – you can still receive critical pages and even send them – all via our smartphone app. You can then “retire” your hardware pager and save the monthly rental fee, along with consolidating the number of devices that a clinician must carry. Now you have a path to modifying your workflows that require a pager and you can make the ultimate change on your own terms and timeline.
Take a look at our Pager Replacement Module below:
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