Verizon's new extra-tough android phone excels in Hospitals
Verizon has answered the demand for a heavy-duty smartphone in the form of its latest and greatest Android design in the G’zOne Commando. This new addition to the Verizon family is built to cater to the everyday hospital worker who is constantly on the go, and is extremely hard on their cell phone on a daily basis.
This rugged MIL-STD-810G adheres to the military standard for durability, and was specifically designed for people at work in hospitals, construction, and other types of strenuous environments. Both temperature and drop-resistant, the Commando can withstand extreme temperatures ranging from 185 degrees to -13 degrees for up to 96 hours.
Healthcare experts are taking to their blogs about this recent Verizon development, citing the phone’s potential in the healthcare landscape specifically. Since smartphones already play such a pivotal role in telemedicine and rural healthcare, analysts are excited by the possibility of what this phone can do for those in the healthcare field.
“The Commando includes high-security features for email, wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity and customized access to high-use applications. Designed to withstand challenging conditions, including healthcare environments, the Commando can download images and files, access applications and capture signatures”, Verizon stated.
In terms of the phone’s physical capabilities, its endurance is quite impressive. Also tuned to handle rugged environmental conditions, this phone is equipped to handled dust, salt fog, solar radiation, shock, humidity, vibrations and liquid immersion as well.
In terms of operability, the phone’s security features seem to be unprecedented in the market today. Through Microsoft’s EAS (Exchange ActiveSync) users are able to encrypt data in transit, remotely wipe-off information, enable device inactivity timeout and set a very difficult scheme of password complexity. The phone can also be used to connect team members and share digital signatures.
This phone can also serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot for other mobile devices, and operates off of the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system. Including eight different operating modes, including Earth Compass, Walking Counter, and Trip Memory, the phone can share information on social networking sites as well as keep track of your activities for automatic commands for the future.
“The smartphone uses Android 2.2 and is shock-resistant, making it suitable for hospital use. The Commando can share 3G mobile hotspots with as many as five wi-fi-enabled devices”, according to Verizon, of Basking Ridge, N.J.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”