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

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



1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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ok, finally a good use for a smart watch, of which most people do not need - replace those outdated pagers...also, some professions do not allow phones, of any sort - so, this makes sense.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...

2. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

14. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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...

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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...

6. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

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

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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 I said, these watches will appeal largely to the iCultists...

11. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

8. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 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.

9. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 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.

10. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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?

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a good point. Looks like Samsung is seriously trying to take over.

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