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HIMSS Analytics and NetMotion Wireless Release Study Findings on Key Challenges for Wireless Healthcare Deployments
Date:5/20/2009

Approximately one-third of hospitals in the United States now use wireless deployments

Free report examines common obstacles and methods to address them in healthcare settings

SEATTLE, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly one-third of hospitals in the United States have deployed a wireless connectivity system in their healthcare organizations, according to the HIMSS Analytics(TM) Database. NetMotion Wireless, a leading provider of mobile productivity and management software, recently sponsored a focus group study in which researchers from HIMSS Analytics set out to identify some of the biggest challenges senior IT executives face when implementing wireless applications and devices in healthcare settings. The results of the study are now published in a free report available for download at www.netmotionwireless.com/resources/whitepapers.

Institutions represented in the focus groups ranged from large (1000+ bed) urban health systems to small (100 bed) rural organizations. All of the participants managed IT for diversified healthcare companies with hospitals, subacute, ambulatory and home health operations. Participants in the focus groups identified the following five key challenges that are detailed in the study:

  • Physical connectivity issues;
  • Technology connectivity issues;
  • Extensive user demand;
  • Security; and,
  • Network management.

As indicated in the report, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes $20 billion to promote the adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) and especially electronic health records (EHRs). Although there is no specific mention of wireless technology in the legislation, it can be inferred that sin
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