More recently, I’ve noticed that the staff in our hospital have been using TigerText as a means to communicate with each other on the work phones. It’s really strange to see one’s predictions/ideas come to fruition. In one of my very first blog posts, I talked about how I envisioned a modified version of Pushbullet being used as a means of communication in the hospital (though technically TigerText has been around since 2010). TigerText is exactly that. It is a cloud-based messaging system, meaning that messages are not directly saved to the person’s device but on TigerText’s servers. Users cannot copy, forward or save these messages. The text messages are deleted after a set period of time.
I think that this is a great application. I have been baffled by the fact that hospitals continually use beepers as a means of communication with the staff! It’s inefficient to first look up the person’s pager number, copy that number, click into the paging system, and then send a page. Then the receiver has to find a phone, dial the number and then communicate with the person who sent the page. With TigerText, the address book is already saved onto the phone, just navigate and send your message. It’s instantaneous and secure. You can communicate your entire message through this system and so many wasteful steps are eliminated!
For all you Apple watch users, it looks like there’s an app for the device as well, but there is no estimated time of release. This is a move in the right direction, healthcare needs to catch up to technological advances as they come.