a20791f138332ea144be_m I’ve been staying in a lot of hotels lately. There’s a new trend of apps for in-room entertainment systems, like LodgeNet. Being the cynic I am, I question the value of these apps. I hate the idea of unlocking my phone, launching and app and waiting for it connect just to change channels. And, what’s in it for the vendor? Probably tracks my viewing habits. (Here’s a hint, lot’s of CNN).

Then, while emptying my bottle of hand sanitizer onto every surface in the room, the value occurred to me:

Top hot spots for aerobic bacteria in hotels turned out to be the bathroom sinks and floors, the main light switches and the TV remotes. The remotes, for instance, racked up a mean of 67.6 colony-forming units of bacteria, or CFU, per cubic centimeter squared.

via MSNBC: Germiest hot spots in hotels? TV remote, light switch, study finds

I might rethink my reluctance to using my phone to change channels.

It also makes me wonder, is there a similar application in healthcare? We’re all gun-ho about mobile access to EMR data and appointment scheduling. Are there other uses of mobile tech which might reduce the spread of germs?