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I read with interest the article titled "Mobile revolution: a requiem for bleeps?" by Martin et al. The authors state that 73% of people feel that traditional bleeps should be replaced with new mobile technologies. The authors also states the favourable attitudes hospital doctors have towards mobile technology.
I would like to share the experience in our country. Singapore is a country in Sout...
I would like to share the experience in our country. Singapore is a country in South-East Asia. All public hospital junior staff communicate via mobile technology. There are no bleeps. Mobile technology is an essential communication tool. A majority of junior doctors, housemen and medical officer grades are employed by a government-linked company, which gives out monthly mobile phone subscription fee subsidies. Mobile phone numbers of doctors are published on the hospital intranets. As the mobile phones are always with the doctors, each doctor is more easily accessible and can attend to patients in a swifter manner, potentially improving patient care. Consequently, many doctors carry two mobile phones around - a personal phone and a work phone. The same work mobile phone with an internet subscription allows the doctor to access journals, articles and databases literally at his finger tips.
There is potential in mobile technology and I urge interested parties to embrace it.
Dr Ching-Hui Sia