Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse: Wireless Is Transforming Healthcare

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The healthcare industry is going through a major transformation and wireless technology will serve as a key enabler of this shift noted Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse in his keynote at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

During his keynote remarks, Hesse shared examples of advanced wireless technologies and how they are enabling healthcare providers today to connect people, devices, and systems in new and transforming ways. He also noted future trends such as the increasing use of wireless data transactions and the growing significance of 4G technology.

"With rising healthcare costs and numerous challenges impacting every aspect of care, healthcare providers are using wireless to increase efficiency and better manage costs," said Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint Nextel. "Healthcare providers are going even further by using wireless to achieve some truly remarkable, transformative advancements in delivering faster, better patient care."

With wireless technology being an essential part of everyday life for nearly 277 million Americans, it is changing the paradigm of how healthcare is administered. Internet savvy consumers today expect immediate access to health information and care anytime, anyplace. Last year, 89 percent of wireless Internet users sought health information online*. Similarly, caregivers are using smartphones equipped with medical applications for instant, secure access to lab results, x-rays, vital signs, drug-to-drug interactions, and other vital medical records. These trends further validate the key role that wireless will play in shaping the future of healthcare by enabling innovative and cost-effective approaches in delivering quality care.

"Mobile wireless applications within healthcare are rapidly increasing and becoming a more common sight within the hospital environment opening a wealth of opportunities for workflow solutions and simply making information more accessible," explains Zachary Bujnoch, an analyst at the research firm Frost & Sullivan. "In the remote healthcare setting with the continuing decline of home telephone lines and the less than universal availability of broadband, mobile technologies are shaping up to be a cornerstone for information transmission in the future of remote medicine."

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