Saturday, 14 November 2015

4 Steps to setup a push Notifications/ Alerts System




In the last 5 minutes, how many times have you looked at your phone?

In the past hour, how many times did you review the updates on your phone? 

In the past 24 hours, can you remember the reasons you picked up your phone?


By latest estimates and studies, people are consuming looking up at their phones upwards of 76% of the time to recieve calls, review the notifications or probably just catchup on the #HITSMIND and @HCITExpert twitter feed. 

Ok the last one, just a plug, but hope you are doing that !!

To receive the latest #HIMSS16 Bulletin your mobile, follow these steps: 
  1. Download Pushbullet app (iOS, Android)
  2. Login using your google or facebook account
  3. "Follow" the channel HCITExperts channel
  4. Start receiving our daily bulletin your mobile

 


You can also use pushbullet to create a notification system for your Hospital, read on below to know how you can enable that. 
 
It is therefore clear that we are reliant on the number of times we receive notifications to "ACT" upon an update or to review an email, cause of course we want to be prompt in our replies and up-to-date with the new-age information deluge.

With the availability of wearables, the attention to the notifications has now been more incorporated within our lives, with the wearables being used to buzz on our wrists to let us know of a new notification or in some cases letting us know which turn to make, left or right.

It becomes therefore quite apparent that we are getting more reactionary to the information deluge we face, so that we react to the more important messages, news, chats etc from the millions, if not thousands points of data we receive on our phone, i.e., Notifications or the BUZZ.

Getting an understanding of this behaviour, I felt the hospitals can make use of new technologies available to push information directly to their customers. And at the same time leaving the choice to the customer, to be the consumer of these notifications. 

A Scenario: Lets say there is a hospital that wants to quickly setup a notification system, for hospital based notifications, regarding holidays, healthcare reminders, quality updates, hospital operational updates and many other such "notifications". 

Presenting, Pushbullet. Using Pushbullet, the hospital IT department does the following:
1. Create a Pushbullet account, here
2. Create a Pushbullet Channel, here. Channels can also be linked to a RSS feed.
3. Advertise to, patients & employees to "Follow" the channel, e.g., HCITExperts channel
4. Start publishing updates

And voila, in four steps you have your own "Notifications" system right into the hands of your customers and employees. A Direct-to-Customer notification system.

Since pushbullet is available for all mobile, desktop and as a browser plugin you can be rest assured your notification will be delivered direct to the intended audience. 

Further scenarios can be Disease Based Channels, Public Notification Boards, Hyper-Local disease surveillance to suggest a few.

Head on over to our HCITExperts channel to get a feel of how it works. We are using our channel to share updates from some of the Top Health IT blogs in healthcare.

Until the next Buzz then.


(PS: You can also use Instapush, Pushalot and Pushover)

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