Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse Sees Wireless Opportunity for Healthcare

"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," said Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse in a keynote at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference.

Last year, 89 percent of wireless Internet users sought health information online. Hesse also noted that 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.

Sprint anticipates information transactions between healthcare providers will become more data-intense, such as live streaming video, on-demand applications and virtual office visits. Wireless networks will need a lot more bandwidth to handle these data-centric exchanges and to do it instantly. Hesse argues that 4G networks will be vital to this growth.