Wellesley Geek Doc Won’t Talk – On the Phone Unless it’s Wireless

Self- proclaimed geek doc blogger,  John Halamka, the chief information officer for CareGroup Health System and

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John Halamka, MD, MS

Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, is blogging about his life/experiment living and working without a landline.

Recent studies indicate that over 10% of American households are now landline free.  According to Nielsen, “nearly 1 in 5 households has abandoned traditional landline telephones.”

And the trend toward “wireless substitution” is likely to continue as a cost saving move in this economy, where traditional landlines average $480 per year.

Halamka has cut the cord at work recently and has found that relying on his Blackberry for emails, blogging, and social applications is more efficient than being tied to his desk in the office.

His mobile approach has been working great so far, with one exception…and we can all relate

at his home in Wellesley!

That’s right, the spotty coverage we’re all used to from all the providers in Wellesley, has led this practicing ER doc to install his very own cell tower in his basement – the Femtocell.

According to Halamka in a recent Boston Globe article, “The Verizon Network Extender uses my home FIOS connection to create an in-building cell presence, giving me five bars of service throughout my home for a one-time expense of $249 and no monthly fees.”

Halamka was featured in BlackBerry‘s ad campaign, “Ask Me Why I Love My BlackBerry.”

Check out his “Top Ten Rules for Email Triage!”

Now I wonder if he makes housecalls…

For more:

Surviving without a Phone on the Desk/Boston.com

Life as a Healthcare CIO/geekdoctor.blogspot.com



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