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January 23, 2006

Study shows mobile phones safe to use in hospitals

Exploding the myth that mobile phones interfere with medical technology, a recent study conducted at a Singapore hospital has reportedly shown that the handheld devices have no adverse effect upon hospital equipment.

By CBR Staff Writer

For years hospitals have barred the use of mobile phones by staff and have endorsed pagers as the alternative, supposedly non-intrusive, method of communication.

But if the example set by the 500 doctors at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in Singapore is followed, by trading in pagers for mobile phones, text messaging could open a more effective line of communication between hospital staff.

According to M&C News, TTSH is soon set to sign a memorandum with handset manufacturer Nokia and Singapore Telecommunications to learn how the technology can be applied in the healthcare setting.

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