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How Mobile Devices Are Changing Delivery of Healthcare

A 2012 survey conducted for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) found that:

89% of clinicians use laptops,
53% use smartphones,
49% use cell phones,
47% use tablet computers, and
52% believe mobile technology will “substantially impact the delivery of healthcare.”

When asked to rank on a 0-to-5 scale their areas of concern about deploying mobile technology in healthcare enterprises, the following results were tabulated:

4.57: “Privacy/Security of Patient Data,”
4.20: “Speed of Accessing Data,”
3.98: “Screen Resolution/Fidelity,”
3.74: “Ability of IT to Support Device,”
2.70: “Devices are Not Medically Durable.”

Contrast those findings to the responses of 30 chief-medical and -financial officers of healthcare-provider and -payer enterprises who ranked barriers to deployment of mobile technology in healthcare

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The PCI Standard Introduces a New Era of PC Design

Described most simply, the internal computer bus serves to transfer data between the computer’s CPU and its peripheral components, such as its hard-drive, memory, sound and video systems. Consequently, usable PC performance is limited by bus capacity. Unfortunately, bus capacity has during various eras of PC development lagged behind advancements in the performance of CPUs and peripherals.

Advantech’s white paper, Industrial Bus and Network Standards, provides a detailed history of the transitions of bus standards from the Industry Standard Architecture (ISA), limited to 16 bit at 4.77 MHz, and Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA), with capacity of 32 bits at 8 Mhz, to Apple’s NuBus and SCSI, which formats

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RFID Tags and Privacy: When Enough is Enough?

We all know that change can be hard, but when it comes to technology, life has certainly become easier in many ways! Technology has enabled us to travel by car and plane instead of by horse. We flip a switch for light when the sun begins to set. If there is a chill in the air, we press a button to warm our homes. We have limitless information available at our fingertips within seconds.

Last weekend, when I was baking with my son, I peeled open a stick of butter, popped it in a bowl and turned on the microwave to melt to melt it. Just that simple act alone would

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True Heroes: Firefighters, Soldiers, EMTs, Police Officers… and QR Codes

These days, it seems like the news headlines are so full of doom and gloom. The small rays of sunshine occur when there are headlines about the courageous and brave heroes who risk, and even sacrifice their lives to help others. It is reassuring to know that true heroes do exist.

Well these days, the term “hero” needn’t be strictly reserved for public servants. As a matter of fact, I have seen several headlines recently about an unexpected hero – the QR Code!

The first story that I came across takes place in Argentina. From what I gather, there is a charity called Bandera Blanca Missing Children that helps locate

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Freebies from L-Tron Direct

Who doesn’t love free stuff…especially free expensive stuff? In the spirit of giving, L-Tron Direct held a Grand Giveaway promotion. Recipients were given either a free iPad or free store credit. Pretty nice, huh? If only L-Tron employees were allowed to enter (hint, hint…me!)

Anyways, the Grand Giveaway iPad recipient was an enthusiastic southerner named Keith from Mississippi. When we let him know that he was getting a new iPad, he told us that he had been an L-Tron customer for over five years. He said that his company develops software and utilizes L-Tron scanners to read product bar codes and employee badges for payroll deductions from

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Lighter Purse, Less Clutter: Will NFC Tags Really Simplify My Life?

Image from NFC World.

My purse is no longer a purse.

As the mother of two young boys, my oversized handbag has become a diaper bag, a toy box, a lunchbox, and a garbage bag – as well as the bottomless pit I need to dig through daily to find my keys and cash. When I leave the house, I often have a variety of papers stuffed inside, as well. Anything from flyers and coupons to lists and invitations.

And then there’s my wallet. Driver’s license. Several credit cards. A few loyalty cards. Insurance cards. Tickets. Countless stamp/punch cards. Gift cards. Membership cards galore. It’s not pretty.

 

My right shoulder hurts

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Modern Technology Tracks Inventory, Packages, and…High School Kids!

Not too long ago, I blogged about a couple of news articles that I read regarding the use of QR Codes on gravestones.  Strange, huh?  Well, now I’ve stumbled across another unusual use of tracking technology in an article entitled, “School Uses ID Chips to Track Student Locations.”   The article I read addresses the use of RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips, rather than QR codes, but still, the idea is pretty much the same.

Now, I’ve heard about tracking all sorts of things using barcode and RFID technology – from food and beverages to store inventory and freight, and even cattle.  But actual, real-life people?  This story is certainly

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Honeywell’s Captuvo SL22 – The iPod touch and Enterprise Mobile-Computing Solutions

An acquaintance is designing a home-brew Segway-style single-wheel vehicle and needed to integrate a 3-axis gyro and an accelerometer. He could have designed custom circuitry for this application, but sometimes the optimum solution is also the easiest, which was the iPod touch he already had on hand.

As he described this solution, I was reminded of Honeywell’s Captuvo SL22 Enterprise Sled for Apple’s iPod touch. Sure, Honeywell makes some of the most capable and durable mission-specific mobile computers on the planet, but it’s Captuvo SL22 offers a simple and affordable solution to re-purposing the iPod touch that is already familiar to millions. Just as my acquaintance will use an iPod touch

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Durability Test: Fetch the Dolphin 99EX!

A picture, a thousand words … or a video? I’ve written thousands of words and will undoubtedly write thousands more about the remarkable durability of Honeywell barcode scanners and mobile computers. But, if a single picture is worth a thousand words, what can we learn from a 1-minute 24-second video? Rather than take my word (or thousand words) for it, check it out for yourself.

What you’ll find is a Labrador Retriever whose new favorite toy is a Honeywell Dolphin 99EX mobile computer. Does the 99EX stand up to the “fetch it; good boy” test when repeated again and again and again? Yeah, it does. Whether the 99EX is thrown in

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QR Codes in … Graveyards?? The Latest (Albeit Odd) Trend in Barcoding

A QR code like this one can be added to a gravestone to create a digital legacy!

Every day I like to take a few minutes and scan the homepages of some popular news websites.  I almost always find a couple titles to click on that look interesting, funny or just plain bizarre.  You know what I’m talking about…articles like “Man Plummets 30 Feet into Giant Tub of Apple Juice” or “Woman Pledges Eternal Love to Wild Pigeon.”  Stories like these sound too weird to be true!

Well, in recent news, I’ve read a couple of weird, but true stories titled “Digital QR Codes Offer Interactive Cemetery Experience” and “

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