Talking About Technology*

Dr. Roz Seymour and Dr. Dee McGonigle

Seymour, R. & McGonigle, D. (February 2004). Talking About Technology* Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). Vol. 8, No. 2. [Online]. Available at

Dr. Seymour asks: “Do manufacturers and retailers have other plans for our cell phones?”

You need to go shopping for your office. You walk into your local computer wonderland and your cell phone begins to beep. You have crossed the threshold and your phone is communicating with this retailer. The information in your record is then searched and within seconds, the retailer’s machine has communicated to your phone the sale items that could be of interest to you based on your actual home and/or office equipment. As you scan the list of items, one catches your eye. The new optical plug in for your computers is available. Since you have two computers, you wonder if they would give you an additional discount for purchasing two. You submit your voice mail proposal and within seconds, the new discount appears. You agree to the purchase price.

Once you have finished selecting all of your items by scanning your phone over their scanning pods, you go to the Purchasing Station (PS) which was the former cashier. You place your phone over the scanner, within seconds you have credit card approval and take one step to the counter where your purchases are bagged and waiting. Off you go.

The future is approaching….

Bare Bones is a basic tutorial on searching the Web offered through the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Library.

Medicare Billing Claims Overview provides information from filing a claim to recognizing and avoiding Medicare fraud.

Medical references for the Doctor on the Go for Palm OS and Pocket PC PDAs

HHS Fact SheetThe Decade of Health Information Technology: Delivering Consumer-centric and Information-Rich Health Care" A Framework for Strategic Action

HealthVote2004 California Health Care Foundation On November 2, Californians have a historic opportunity to affect the future of the state's health care system by casting their vote on five ballot measures.

Lab Tests Online a public resource on clinical lab testing

VA Hospital tests talking label called “ScripTalk” that is designed to help the visually impaired

Campus Technology focuses on the use of technology in higher education

Mobile usage statistics

Center for Studying Health System Change

The AHRQ online journal and forum on patient safety and health care quality

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*All of the URLs listed here were retrieved on October 14, 2004 and reflected the content identified at that time.