HIStalk: Readers Write: Pagers Cost Hospitals Billions Each Year

Earlier this month, the Ponemon Institute released a study titled “The Economic & Productivity Impact of IT Security on Healthcare” that aims to quantify the impact that the use of pagers and other outdated communication technologies has on healthcare. The research reveals that communication in healthcare lags behind other industries, in large part because of the perceived security and compliance risks associated with the use of smartphones and other modern technologies. As a result, outmoded communication systems waste clinicians’ time, limit patient interaction, lengthen discharge times, and lead to significant industry-wide economic loss.