Technically, there is better technology out there than what pagers are based on, but that doesn’t mean hospitals still aren’t reliant on the technology pagers provide.
Excellent Battery Life
The last thing healthcare professionals want is to constantly charge up their devices to use on a daily basis. Other technologies like mobile phones tend to not have a good battery life, especially with constant use. However, pagers generally only need to be charged once every few weeks, even if they’re heavily used every day. So, while there is better technology out there to do the job, pagers already do the job and they’re very efficient at doing it.
Highly Reliable & Efficient
One of the main reasons why pagers are still used in 85% of hospitals is simply because they can be relied upon on a daily basis. As stated above, battery life is excellent, and that means they improve efficiency, albeit by a small margin. Pagers are also robust, small devices that can be knocked about throughout the day without succumbing to any physical damage.
Pagers don’t do a lot more than what they’re supposed to, which can only ensure healthcare professionals have an easy experience when it comes to communicating with other colleagues. While some pagers come with additional features to improve communication, many of them are bog-standard and only offer professionals a way to get in contact with other colleagues. If doctors and nurses had to use mobile devices, it’ll take them longer to get in touch purely because they’d have to unlock the phone first and then open a specific app to enable them to achieve their goal. Pagers can be taken out of their holders and used from the get-go.
Yet another reason why so many hospitals and healthcare businesses use pagers: they usually have much better signals than cell phones. Hospital buildings have many corridors, thick walls, and are generally much bigger buildings. Therefore, its important professionals have a device that can penetrate walls with ease. Pagers have better broadcasting power and it enables doctors and nurses to contact other colleagues wherever they are in the building, whereas cell phones just can’t be relied upon because of poor network coverage. But, how do pagers work?
Group Messaging Features
Many pagers have the ability to group message several people instantaneously. This is especially important during an emergency when a professional needs help from a group of colleagues. Cell phones don’t often send messages instantly because they have to wait for coverage for a start, and sometimes the technology just can’t be relied upon to send the message straight away.
Pagers will continue to benefit the healthcare industry because they are simple, efficient, reliable, and have an excellent battery life which cell phones just can’t compete with. Eventually, we could see further improvements in paging technology because it has been proven to work, but until then, we’ve already got working technology that does the job better than anything else.