Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 Enters The Healthcare Market
Tablets are becoming increasingly popular in the healthcare industry and systems such as BYOD are fuelling uptake at an astonishing pace. According to a study carried out by IDG, 41 percent of employees in the US now own a tablet device, so it’s no wonder that a lot of healthcare business is conducted on tablet computers.
At Healthcare Global we have looked at the benefits tablet computers have bought to healthcare, specifically Apple’s iPad and Microsoft’s Surface, and now Samsung’s Galaxy Note is taking its place in the healthcare market with the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0.
Galaxy Note In Healthcare
The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with many great features for healthcare professionals; it comes in a number of different sizes to meet the users requirements and is very portable, which is imperative for healthcare professionals and physicians, and it has a number of security features which will appeal to healthcare professionals who may be using the device to access confidential patient information and medical records.
The Galaxy Note provides users with the ability to be more productive and efficient in their work and daily lives. Users will have access to a number of productivity features such as Multi-Window, Polaris Office, Air View, Awesome Note, Group Play and AllShare Play; they will also be able to download healthcare specific applications from the Google app store.
“With the introduction of the Galaxy Note, we defined a completely new category, and one that has been gaining momentum among businesses due to its flexibility in the workplace,” said Tod Pike, Senior Vice President at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “Bringing the Note 8.0 to the Galaxy family of products will bring an additional option for business professionals looking for a device specifically built for the enterprise and flexible enough for a number of industry uses.”
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Unrivaled Safety Features
The Galaxy Note 8.0 incorporates SAFE (Samsung for Enterprise), which offers certified security features, standardized across devices, to ensure reliability. In addition, the Galaxy Note 8.0 features the innovative S Pen to create and edit professional quality work along with note-taking and signature capabilities. Both these features are exceptionally attractive to people working in the healthcare arena as they are dealing with confidential and sensitive information on a daily basis.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 transforms the patient experience by giving physicians a powerful tablet that allows access to patient information wherever it’s needed, integrating with a range of other healthcare solutions. The S Pen also enables physicians to take handwritten notes quickly and easily, saving time and ensuring more accurate input of information.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 went on sale in the US on April 11th 2013 and is set to become a big player in the healthcare tablet market place.
Birdie aims to reinvent elderly care with tech
British startup Birdie has announced it has raised £8.2 million to invest in innovation and scale up the business.
The company's announcement is timely as it follows the criticism of the UK government over their lack of a plan for social care, despite acknowledging the sector is in crisis - around a quarter of the UK's home care providers are on the brink of bankruptcy due to a lack of funds and staffing.
Birdie was born with a mission to "radically improve the lives of millions of older adults", by using app-based solutions, IoT and machine learning to put preventative care at the forefront. The company was founded by Max Parmentier, after experiencing his own frustrations with the care system - his grandfather struggled with the impact of life in a care home, but lacked any other option.
In 2017 Parmentier partnered with venture builder Kamet Ventures to set up Birdie, in a bid to fix this problem. Since then, Birdie has partnered with almost 500 providers across the UK, and supports more than 20,000 older people every week. In the past 12 months alone the number of people Birdie supports has got six times greater.
Birdie’s solution is an app to help care providers deliver more coordinated, personalised and preventative care, by giving them access to digital assessments, medication scheduling and planning tools. By using digital tools to take care of admin, staff have more time to spend with their care recipients.
The new investment will be used to fund Birdie’s next phase of growth in the UK, as the company scales to meet the rapidly growing demand of the aging population. The company will also invest in product innovation, creating new features to address customer requests.
In addition, Birdie is piloting new care models, including partnering with the NHS to identify COVID-19 symptoms, building predictive pharmacy models with AI, and helping health authorities to detect early warning signs of patients’ health risks.
Internally, Birdie is committed to having a progressive company ethos. All salaries are transparent, and staff work asynchronously to maximise flexibility and equity. Staff members also volunteer in their local community during office hours, and the company offsets all its emissions.
These efforts have led to numerous awards, including having the best SME culture in the UK, an Honorable Mention in the Health category of Fast Company’s 2021 World Changing Ideas Awards, and innovation in care at the LangBuisson awards.
“We believe the future of care for older people should be helping them to live at home for as long as possible through the delivery of personalised and preventative care" Parmentier said.
"Birdie is already the partner of choice for caregivers up and down the UK, and this new funding will help us rapidly increase the number we partner with and what we can offer them - meaning more people benefiting from more affordable, quality care. We’re proud of our mission and the values we embody to pursue it.”