Wireless technology, in particular, two-way radio, has become an essential communications tool in the healthcare industry. Most hospitals and senior care organizations operate at least one conventional voice push-to-talk system. Today, however, two-way radio systems can provide far more features, benefits, and affordability than traditional voice push-to-talk services. Innovative new technologies permit walkie-talkies to communicate with wifi phones, smart phones, desk phones, dispatch centers, tablets and computers both on-site, across the region and around the globe. If your current two-way radio system isn’t providing dynamic and rapid communications amongst all your departments and staff, it may be time to consider an upgrade.
Review Your Current Two-Way Radio Capabilities
Analyzing the effectiveness of your current two-way radio communications is the best way to determine whether or not it’s time to opt for a new system. Get started by asking the following questions:
–Do your two-way radio users talk exclusively within their own group?
What sort of signal coverage do they have? Could voice quality and coverage be better? Would it be effective if they could communicate with other radio users outside their group? Would it useful if they could communicate with those who use wifi phones or smart phones? Would it benefit your organization if your two-way radio users could instantly and securely communicate within their own group, but also have the capability to connect with others outside their group?
–Would it be beneficial for your two-way radio users to communicate off-site?
Could instant radio communications to locations down the street, across town or even on the other side of the country improve your operations? Would it be helpful for your two-way radio users to have instant contact with vendors, dispatch centers, police, fire and emergency services? Are your radio users locked-in to your facility or connected to the outside world?
–Could your two-way radio users benefit from network integration?
Would it help to integrate your incident reporting practices with your two-way radio handsets? Would it help to send and receive text messages to your two-way radios? Would it be beneficial for your organization to be able to track the location of your radio users? Would it improve your operations to have your security and facility alerting systems automatically notify your two-way radios of a critical event or alarm?
–Are you still using a legacy voice push-to-talk radio system?
Do you still consider two-way radio as voice push-to-talk? Conventional PTT voice systems simply lack the capabilities, features, and benefits of a modern integrated two-way radio system. Today’s two-way radio systems have capabilities far beyond traditional voice services. Have you considered the positive impact that a modern two-way radio system could have on your operation and organization? Or are you stuck in radio past?
Develop an Upgrade Plan and Strategy
Your two-way radio system can provide instant communication services for all your people and processes, contributing to improvements across the board in staff efficiency, patient safety, and the bottom line. Whether it be day-to-day operations, emergencies or natural disasters, your organization can benefit from the many new features and technologies available in a modern two-way radio system. Not sure where to go? What to do? We’re here to help.
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