Choosing a mobile app that tracks health or offers help in emergency situations can prove challenging. The U.S. government's recent digital initiative has prompted federal agencies to create free apps for clinicians and patients.
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Identifying hazardous substances during an emergency can be a matter of life and death--that's the idea behind WISER, an app developed by the National Library of Medicine. WISER helps users recognize unknown substances and learn what to do in the event of exposure to those substances. The app extracts data from NLM's Hazardous Substances Data Bank, a peer-reviewed information resource. Some of WISER's features include a map of the incident, a visual representation of a substance's effects on the human body, and profiles that identify the app user's role: first responder, Hazmat, or emergency medical services (EMS). The app can be downloaded on Android, Apple, and BlackBerry devices.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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