Now here’s an absolute surprise: health care is a leader in adopting wireless technology! Computerworld.com’s special report on “Mobile & Wireless” has an in-depth article on the use of wireless technology in health care.
The article presents findings of a survey by market research firm IDC conducted in 2004. IDC found that “more than 80% of 34 health care organizations polled said they have deployed wireless LANs or plan to deploy one in the next 12 months”. This result confirms the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2005 Leadership Survey result that 79% of 253 health care executives planned to use wireless information systems in the upcoming year.
The rest of the article discusses some of the applications that are utilizing the new wireless connectivity. Handheld computer use by physicians seem to top the list.