Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Alisa Islam

Drugs and Technology

People’s continued trust and usage of technology can lead to harmful consequences, especially in the case of prescription pills. Most people have a number of health care providers and the problem that arises is the incompatibility between the systems (i.e. a cardiologists office and a dermatologists office) when systems are incompatible, communication errors occur. In 2010, a study conducted found that 651 patients in a hospital accrued over 300 errors in their medication list; many of them able to be harmful.

This article talks about a fictional system MyRxCloud  “a cloud-based, free, ad-free, voluntary, nonprofit mobile app (also available online) that can exchange information with existing electronic health records and does nothing more than keep accurate lists of all patient medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, implants, nutritional supplements, IV solutions and injectables, such as insulin and heparin.”

We have talked many times in class about technology system upgrades within a company  but what about a technology system upgrade in an entire industry? Do you think its possible that a single system could run through all hospitals and clinics to minimise technological incompatibility? What incentives would convince these institutions from changing from their current system? 



Is there still room for “dumb stuff”?

With technology growing at it’s rapid pace and more people adopting it can analog items such as simple alarm clocks or watches keep their place in peoples lives? Technological equipment allows for users to interconnect everything in their lives i.e. Alexa can be used to turn on the lights in your house or things such as the Apple watch allows for many different kinds of functionality compared to a regular watch but many people still choose to use traditional items, for example with the apple watch it “wakes up” when the user tilts their wrist (allowing for maximum battery life efficiency) but many times users simply want to know the time without a wrist tilt; thus resulting in the usage of a traditional watch.

Do you think that one day technology will replace all traditional items i.e. watches or do you think there will always be a draw to simple, non-interconnected items?

Japan’s Robot Run Hotel

Japan’s robot hotel, Henna Na, has 140 robots instead of your traditional hotel staff to cater to your needs; from checking in to cleaning and vacuuming robots are the key employees in this robot run hotel. Although the robots have been known to have slight problems from time to time the fact that Henn na opened in 2015 combined with the rapid growth of technology  (Ahem, Sophia – the worlds first robot citizen) makes you wonder what the future of the hospitality industry will look like. Hideo Sawada, the CEO of H.I.S. the travel company that owns the Henn na hotel chain plans to open up six new locations by the end of this fiscal year, 2018 and claims that the robots cut costs and improve efficiency.

With technology improving so quickly how soon will it be until robot run hotels become the standard? Would you trust a robot run hotel, and if not what problems do you think could arise because of this; are humans more efficient in the hospitality industry?