Friday, May 25, 2007

Hospital Technology

It's no secret that American health care could use a little upgrade. The mountains of paperwork were addressed in Sen. Rodham Clinton's health care proposal (PDF) for phase 1 today. But this story from the BBC shows that WiFi could be used to track patients in instances of emergency. While I'm sure the civil libertarians will cry foul, this kind of technology would improve hospital care, alerting nurses when patients need help and aren't conscious to press the button. It would eliminate unnecessary checks and make hospitals generally more efficient. The problem is, it could take near forever for such thing to be implemented in ordinary hospitals.

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