December Industry Watch
Honeywell redefines handheld scanners, adds Angry Birds capability
What if you could take one of those big, bulky, hand-scanner healthcare computers and shrink it down to cell-phone size while building in new smartphone features? Well, Honeywell has done just that with its Dolphin 70e Black enterprise hybrid device.
This pocket-size, ruggedized unit scans barcodes, accesses the Internet, captures data and can withstand drops, dust and submersion in water. And yes, it even functions as a pager and makes phone calls. That means a nurse in a hospital, for example, could downsize to a single device to handle many of her daily communications and data-gathering tasks.
Specs on this unit include: 4.3-inch capacitive-touch display, up to 12 hours of battery life with a user-replaceable battery, a weight of only 7 ounces and a thickness that comes in around 3/4 of an inch. The Dolphin Black will begin shipping with Windows or Android operating systems February 2013. Learn more at www.dolphinblack.com.
Virtual mobile intranet solves BYOD dilemma
IT professionals can create a private communications link that extends managed, secure intranet access to their Apple, Android and BlackBerry mobile users by using Rover Apps. This solution has won approval in the financial and medical markets by enabling cost-effective, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) applications that require anytime, anywhere access to sensitive, centrally stored data. Unlike virtual private networks (VPNs), Rover Apps keeps all mobile devices off the network, giving them access only to specific resources. It provides a single container app that keeps the company’s information safe while providing policy enforcement at the application level, rather than forcing policy control on the entire device. Because company information is isolated from other mobile device information and settings, users are free to use their devices for personal apps as well as corporate access.
This solution is available for self-service download at the Rover Apps Store, where users can try it for free.
CHIME seeks ‘ambassador to healthcare industry’
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is on the hunt to find an experienced healthcare CIO to act as its high-visibility health information technology “ambassador” to the world. The position title is president and chief executive officer for CHIME, the CHIME Foundation and the CHIME Education Foundation. Duties include speaking, writing and attending major functions to “elevate CHIME’s position as a leading association in the national transformation of HIT.”
Rich Correll, the organization’s current president and CEO, will work in concert with the new recruit in the role of chief operating officer. CHIME is aiming to introduce its new president and CEO during the CHIME/HIMSS CIO Forum in March.
Does your organization’s coding compliance policy address upcoming challenges in clinical documentation? “Defining the Core Designated Clinical Documentation Set for Coding Compliance,” a new AHIMA white paper, explains why a coding compliance policy, updated at least once a year, is essential to an organization’s overall compliance program. This valuable resource is authored by past president Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS. Download at http://tinyurl.com/ctx95e8.
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