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MEA highlights innovative mobile deployments

The Mobile Enterprise Alliance last night recognized the year's best mobile technology deployments, highlighting the role mobility played in improving patient care, aiding field force workers and increasing connectivity.

What do a hospice in Colorado, a biotechnology firm in Massachusetts and a state parole board in South Carolina have in common? They all came away as winners at this year's Mobile Impact Awards, presented last night by the Mobile Enterprise Alliance (MEA), a nonprofit organization promoting the adoption of mobile technologies in the workplace.

Among the notable award recipients was Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care, taking the top spot in the "Best Mobile Office Solution" category. The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based facility recently deployed mobile technology to increase employee efficiency, upgrading the quality of offsite patient care.

Utilizing several applications and vendors, including servers from Dell Inc. and wireless notebook PCs from Gateway Inc., staff members gained real-time, mobile access to critical patient information, helping to both improve staff performance and reduce ever-laborious paperwork.

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Other winners included Grant Thornton UK LLP and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, tying for first place honors in the "Most Pragmatic Mobile Security Solution" category; Pitney Bowes took the award for "Greatest Foresight In Mobile Management"; Biogen Idec won for "Best Field Force Solution"; and Verenigde Tankrederij BV, captured the prize in the "Most Cost-Effective Extended Enterprise Computing and Connectivity" category.

Decided by a panel of industry experts, including Associate Editor Kara Gattine, the awards aim to recognize the year's best in mobile technology deployments by companies and organizations worldwide.

Daniel Taylor, the MEA's managing director, said in a statement, "Each of these winners presented a stand-out case study of how their organization has successfully implemented mobile workforce solutions, and we honor that accomplishment with these awards."

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