Technology and Communication

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Technology and Communication
Debra Payton
Indiana Wesleyan University

MGT 518 MSM 194
Bill Burton

Technology and Communication
Communication technology must be used in some form within today's organizations. Companies can no longer function effectively without the use of some type of communication technology. From e-mail, intranet, internet, teleconferencing, cell phones, fax machines, and voice mail, organizations have overcome some of the limits with face-to-face communication. (Eisenberg, Goodall, 2004) In the hospital setting, many forms of communication technology are used. Doctors will fax patient orders to the various departments and medical reports will be faxed to physicians upon completion. Many of the phones within the hospital have voice mail so messages can be left either internally or from outside the organization. Cameron has its own intranet which includes e-mail and separate drives on the network for personal use. The majority of the computers also have internet access which is monitored by Web Sense. Teleconferencing is a form of communication the laboratory is beginning to utilize. It has been used for continuing education and to help answer questions regarding the implementation of the Laboratory Information System. The most recent addition of communication technology at Cameron Hospital is the use of cell phones among supervisors and departments. I was fascinated with the history of cellular phones. They have been around much longer than I was aware of. The basic concept of cellular phones began in 1947, when researchers looked at crude mobile phones and realized that by using small cells with frequency reuse they could increase the traffic capacity of mobile phones substantially. In 1947, AT&T proposed that the FCC allocate a large number of radio-spectrum frequencies so that widespread mobile telephone service would become feasible and AT&T would have an incentive to research the new technology. The FCC decided...
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