Pagers' Popularity: 5 Reasons It’s Still a Top Communication Tool in Healthcare

Many have decried the use of pager in healthcare. Yet 60% of hospitals support in-house pagers, 45% support wide-area pagers, and 22% support encrypted pagers. Find out why they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.

 From tech startups to mainstream news publications, many have decried the use of the pager in healthcare. They’ve compared it to the fax machine, and questioned its purpose in the age of universal smartphone use.

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on Spok's website

Yet pagers are still here: Nearly 60 percent of hospitals support in-house/onsite pagers, 45 percent support wide-area pagers, and 22 percent support encrypted pagers, according to our latest mobility survey. The continued popularity of pagers in healthcare has surprised everyone—the high usage rate has even surprised us here at Spok—and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Why?

Please click here to explore five key reasons why paging has a long life ahead of it in healthcare.

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