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(1) See Apple Handoff.

(2) To transfer from one function or system to another. For example, driverless cars require a handoff from automatic to the human driver when a situation arises that it cannot figure out on its own.

(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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a contract to help implement and sustain the use of the I-PASS standardized handoff method, including training clinical staff on its use, the company said.
In two correlational descriptive studies assessing the consistency of handoff reports between nurses using SBAR, authors concluded handoffs formatted according to the SBAR template were more consistent (Cornell, Townsend-Gervis, Yates, & Vardaman, 2014; Wentworth et al.
Handoffs in nephrology nurse practice settings may occur between personnel in hospitals, long-term care facilities, laboratories, diagnostic and cardiovascular intervention centers, pharmacies, nephrology offices/clinics, transplant centers/clinics, and dialysis units.
Vertical Handoffs in Fourth-generation Multi-network Environments", IEEE Wireless Communications, 11(3): 8-15.
El proceso mediante el cual el SU se cambia de un canal de frecuencia a otro se conoce como handoff espectral.
Currently, there aren't clear incentives for organizations to change, not to mention, large-scale infrastructure to support responsible handoffs would come with a steep price tag.
Before the intervention, patient handoffs had no standardized structure and involved the use of a printed document that included basic patient information but was not integrated into the electronic health record system.
Available research for the ED setting, largely not specific to nursing clinical handoffs, is limited to foci such as clinical handover of patients arriving by ambulance to the ED, clinical handoff from the nursing home to the ED, and the influence of information technology on multi-professional communication during a patient handoff (Belfrage, Chiminello, Cooper, & Douglas, 2009; Benham-Hutchins, 2008; Bost, Crilly, Wallis, Patterson, & Chaboyer, 2010; Jenkin, 2005; Owen, Hemmings, & Brown, 2009; Thakore & Morrison, 2001; Yong, Dent, & Weiland, 2008).
One teaching hospital reported 4,000 handoffs in a single day for a total of 1.
including LMAs[parallel]MAGs and network prefix information) through prior handoff preparation procedures to support global mobility and also to apply fast handoff at handoffs among domains.
The types of handoffs in different access technologies are also different.