Nurses, doctors, technologists and other staff members at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital will use mobile phone technology beginning February 14th. The mobile phones are part of a technology pilot program that the Ludington Hospital and Pennock Hospital in Hastings are conducting for the Spectrum Health system.
The phones will allow specific hospital staff users to place calls or send secure text messages to other physicians, nurses, technologists and other staff members as part of their patient workflows.
Information Services personnel at the hospital believe the use of cell phone technology for patient care will enhance internal communication and improve patient services. They say that direct patient care workers who tend to be very mobile in doing their jobs every day need solutions for mobile communications that can keep up.
The iPhones operate on a secure, private network, use encrypted technology and are compliant with all federal patient privacy laws.