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Samsung and CellTrust team up to replace pagers in hospitals with Galaxy phones and smart-watches

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Samsung and CellTrust team up to replace pagers in hospitals with Galaxy phones and smart-watches
Samsung and CellTrust Corp. announced a pager replacement solution for healthcare communication. The product will harness the Galaxy smartphone - Galaxy Gear combo's capabilities to provide a "seamless secure messenger and two-way pager" for medical staff. The solution is based on Cell Trust’s SecureSMS PULSE - a HIPAA compliant secure mobile communication solution featuring CellTrust’s secure messaging and smart pager technology.

The two companies believe their partnership can solve the communication challenges faced by professionals in the field: multiple paging devices, connectivity dead spots, and complicated regulatory requirements for transmitting patient information. According to Samsung, a Galaxy Rugby Pro, S4 ,or Note smartphone that supports CellTrust's technology can make medical personnel "quickly and easily respond to critical alerts, so they can focus on treating their patients." CellTrust's CEO, Sean Moshir, added that certain Samsung special features and the Galaxy Gear integration can "open up a new dimensions in secure hands-free communication."

The partners have published a video that illustrates the concepts they have been working on. In the context of a hypothetical medical institution's day, Samsung and CellTrust's solution decreases the chances of miscommunication, and provides better coordination while saving the staff precious minutes.

source: CellTrust Corporation

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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:09 1

1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

ok, finally a good use for a smart watch, of which most people do not need - replace those outdated pagers...also, some professions do not allow phones, of any sort - so, this makes sense. My wife is a teacher and cannot have her smartphone out, so maybe this smart watch would be ok for her...but for most people, it is just redundant tech...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:12 3

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

The last thing I want to see in the ER is a doctor waving a "galaxy" in my face let alone a galaxy gear. I'll stab the doc with a syringe

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:17 1

3. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Leave it to the media and tech companies to brainwash people into believing that they need a smartwatch....

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:48

13. hurrycanger (Posts: 1626; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

+1. I don't think a paired smartwatch is necessary at all.
Only one exception is a smartwatch that is also an independent and fully functional smartphone. which I believe isn't out yet.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:37

14. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)

smartwatches can be used to cheat on a test in case you didnt know lol, you should probably tell your wife given that she is a teacher as youve mentioned before

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:22

4. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

So, I was reading an article on smartwatches on a different site and found this comment:
"I have a Pebble, and love it. I find it to be a useful device, and love the notifications right on my wrist. Being able to reject a call without having to grab the phone out of my pocket is wonderful!"
Does anyone find this comment kind of silly?. I mean you have a smartwatch to reject calls...LMAO - absurdity is among us...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 12:29

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Looks like someone else realizes that this is just redundant tech...but, hey, there will be people that need the latest gadget so that they are cool, hip, and all that jazz...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 13:43 1

6. timepilot84 (Posts: 113; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Yeah, yeah, we get it: you don't like smart watches.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:45

7. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

lol, no, but, instead of believing the hype, you should start thinking for yourself...once you do you will realize that it is not all they say it is - crummy apps, low res screens - tells time - 200.00 - yeah, great deal....look, I am all for this technology, to replace smartphone, or at least be another smart device choice, but to own both devices, and to have your watch dismiss calls.....that seem a little absurd...like I said, these watches will appeal largely to the iCultists...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:32 1

11. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

The fact that people own/buy laptops, smartphones, and tablets tells me no one really cares about redundant tech. Those same people probably have Smart TV's too, which is just more redundant tech since you can watch TV on your phone, tab, laptop and browse the web, tweet, FB, whatever from all 4. Each has it's advantages depending on what you need to get done and how fact you need to do it. In the end, none of those are as small as a watch and can be view/checked in less than a second. You also seem to be basing everything off the first 3 or 4 smart watches to hit the market. Think how wrong you'd have been if you did the same thing with the first computers and smartphones to hit the market. It's way too soon to know how they will evolve. Plus, just like every other consumer electronic we'll see the overall purchase price drop as they become more common and there is more competition. Those $200-300 watches will be $150-99 in a year or two and have much better tech in them. The ones out now are more proof of concept than anything else.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:49

8. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

This article actually shows a useful application for the technology. It may not be for you but I know several people who enjoy their smartwatches. You are not the only consumer they are making items for.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:54

9. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

What would the cost diiference be? I can't see it being logical to upgrade an entire hospital from pagers to galaxy phone/gear combos. Nice try but maybe a few select doctors or specialists but this will not be the solution that makes the industry leave pagers in the 80's where they belong.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:06

10. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

Pagers are used in hospitals and for other emergency service personnel because they are usually unaffected during major disasters when cell and landlines are overloaded. They also have good battery life. The Galaxy Gear could get a Dr. through maybe half a shift with average use. What good will it do other than look pretty?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:38

12. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

This is a good point.

Looks like Samsung is seriously trying to take over.

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