The 4th generation Myco has 4 aims:
- Safer staff
- Better patient care
- Reliable and coordinated communications
- A smarter investment; devices built to last and share across shifts
Take a closer look at the Myco 4.
Why do nurses need a healthcare-specific smartphone?
Smartphones are considered critical for communication in most industries. But in healthcare, they’re mission-critical. Which means clinicians need something more than just a standard smartphone; something designed to address their daily challenges.
- Poor Wi-Fi connection?
- Bacteria breeding ground?
- Dead battery at a critical moment?
- A toolbelt of devices bursting at the seams?
- Slim, smooth phones that slip out of hands and pockets?
But healthcare-specific smartphones like the Myco aren’t just rugged and robust, they combine the functionality of several clinical-grade devices into one, without compromising performance:
- Panic button
- Barcode reader
Chase Farm Hospital, London
Chase Farm Hospital was the UK’s first ‘paperless’ new-build hospital. With 42 single rooms, the challenge was to make ‘invisible’ patients visible, so nurses didn’t miss a serious clinical issue. We co-designed the hospital’s sophisticated nurse call-system together with a team of nurses, and then integrated the system with Myco smartphones for dependable and connected communications. The result? Improved clinical safety and a dramatic reduction in admin.
- Virtual ward safety huddles - up to 45 minutes per day
- Audits - up to 30 minutes per day, per nurse
- Theatre recovery throughput - up to 15 minutes per patient
- Bed turnaround time - up to
- 40 minutes per bed
“Crucially, the technology development work was done by clinicians instead of to clinicians. We had genuine engagement with nurses and other stakeholders as we carefully planned the hospital from the start – taking in the views of estates, IT, domestic staff, porters, admin, allied health and medical staff”, Natalie Forrest, CEO Chase Farm Hospital, UK. October 2019.
Read more about Chase Farm Hospital, UK
The evolution of the Myco Smartphone
The Ascom Myco was first used in a neonatal unit in Finland in 2015. The unique Myco alarm system helped nurses at the Kuopio University Hospital monitor newborn babies in family intensive care rooms. 9 years later, the original healthcare smartphone may look a bit different, but it’s still leading the way in healthcare communication. Here’s how our smartphone has grown:
2014 - Myco launch
On October 1st 2014, we launched the world’s first healthcare smartphone with our own version of Android. It was unique because it was robust and rugged enough to withstand a hospital environment, but secure enough to safeguard patient health information.
“Ascom’s purpose-built, enterprise-grade smartphone was the first of its kind. Other mobile device companies then developed their own healthcare-focused smartphones (even mimicking Ascom’s colour palette). And that’s how the ‘healthcare smartphone’ was born.” Mwila Kapema, Global Launch Program Manager
2017 – Myco 2
The second generation Myco became Google certified adding access to Google Play store - an entire eco-system of Android apps - and Google Play Protect that safeguards against malware.
As a result of interest from retail, hospitality and industry customers, 2017 was also the year we launched an enterprise version of Myco, featuring the same sturdiness and tech consolidation but moving away from the sterile ‘white’ associated with healthcare. And driven by the demand for onsite communications, we added DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) technology for “interference-free” voice calls in the absence of Wi-Fi.
2020 – Myco 3
The terrible year of Covid and also the launch of Myco 3. Ascom’s mobile solutions supported safe patient care and communication with remote meetings and virtual consultations. The Myco was key in stopping isolation of patients and connecting family members during lockdown.
During COVID “disinfect-readiness” suddenly became the number one requirement in clinical environments; something which has been part of the DNA of an Ascom mobile device for over a decade. Ascom further improved the cleanability of our end-user products; rigorously verifying and validating numerous disinfection solvents, wipes, etc – post COVID disinfection protocols.
Big updates for the Myco 3 included a 4G modem with faster wireless data transmission, and a hot-swap battery that could be replaced without losing power or switching off the smartphone to avoid disruption of ongoing communication. We also introduced a high-performance barcode scanner, a larger 5” display and a safety feature to detect ‘no-movement’ and raise a ‘man-down’ alarm. And also further enhancement of cleanability and disinfect readiness of the Myco 2 compared to its predecessor.
“With good communication you get incredible efficiency. We have a very big space but the Myco has reduced the amount of unnecessary walking around nurses used to do. We can still deliver patient care at the same ratio of 5 patients to 1 nurse even though our new space is 3 times larger.” Peter Bak, CIO of Humber River Hospital, Canada.
2023 – Myco 4
The 4th generation Myco is released. Sleeker but stronger, the latest version of the Myco smartphone has 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, an even better hot swap battery, improved barcode scanning and a bigger, more vivid display without extra weight.
Join the many clinicians and hospitals improving healthcare communications with the Myco smartphone.
Find out more about Myco 4