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(1) See Apple Handoff.

(2) To transfer from one function or system to another.

(3) Switching a cellular phone call from one radio channel to another. Also called "handover," it mostly occurs when a mobile user travels into the range of an adjacent cell. However, when there is excessive interference on a radio channel, switching can occur within the same cell.

The handoff can be managed within the base station; the base station controller (BSC) that manages several base stations; or the mobile switching center (MSC) that sets up and tears down the calls. The switch typically takes place in about a quarter second so that the caller is unaware of it.
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Also, smaller behavioral healthcare organizations are unlikely to have the resources to begin offering warm handoffs.
Time-motion analyses of providers' activities showed that implementing I-PASS did not add time to patient handoffs or decrease time spent at patient bedsides or on other tasks.
Additional handoffs may occur when discussing patients who are being followed closely by the otolaryngology service.
This is based on the Joint Commission, AHRQ, and Institute of Health recommendations for safe handoffs and is intended to be a reminder to allow for two-way communication flow and questions.
In this case, 02 continues towards 03 and 04 goes back to set a screen for 05 before 02 gives up the ball to 03 by making the following handoff.
Far too many clients are lost to the system during handoffs from one level of care to another.
Little things like patient handoff forms and pill cards also can be life-saving devices.
Whether the mistake is giving a patient a dose of a drug already given on the previous shift, or an oversight that leads to intubation of a patient with a "Do Not Resuscitate" order, it's easy to imagine the many ways faulty handoff communication can lead to disastrous results.
But the handoff is also an opportunity to shine and get the big play.
As wireless cell sizes continue to shrink due to the deployment of smaller base stations, handoffs will occur with even greater frequency.
Implementation of the new system began with an interactive workshop for all participating clinicians, during which they practiced giving and receiving handoffs under different clinical and real-world scenarios.
The handoff also shows carriers interested in upgrading their networks the viability of deploying LTE while using their existing 3G network coverage and assets, without sacrificing service quality as consumers move between LTE and 3G network coverage zones.