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Cell phones distract Doctors!

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A recent front page story in the NY Times [12-15-11] highlights a disturbing trend about the potential for significant distraction from cell phones and messaging devices leading to patient harm, as physicians as well as other providers embrace this technology in the hospital and physician offices and clinics for communication. (…)

Although cell phones and messaging devices can certainly enhance communication in the hospital setting between providers caring for patients, the potential for overuse as well as misuse of the technology has become more apparent more recently as the potential for patient harm has surfaced. (…)

At any given time, the number of hospital staff texting, surfing the net, doing online shopping and using social networking sites is a growing problem according to the author of the article.

One particular setting of concern is the operating room where the potential for long cases allows anesthesiologists, circulating nurses, as well as perfusionists to access their cell phones. Checking email, sending texts, and surfing the net, can be potential hazards to patients, when personel need to be focused on patient monitoring. (…)

Multitasking is certainly rewarded in our culture of medical care today. However, it should not come in the way of safety and proper patient care and attention.

Patients should not suffer due to rapidly expanding technologies—technologies which were ultimately designed to enhance and improve their care.

Glatter, Robert. Distracted Doctoring. Medscape Connect, Posted on 15th of December 2011.!comment=1


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January 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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Doctors’ smartphones accused for increasing risk of health data breaches

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Health data breach is a real concern in the U.S.

Recent reports by Manhattan Research have found more than 81% of physicians use a smartphone, up from 72% in 2010. Also a study found that 96% of all health care organizations surveyed said they had experienced at least one data breach in the past two years.

Mobile devices create a security risk in two ways. Data can reside on the device and can be accessed. Also, the device can be a way of gaining access to data that reside on electronic medical record systems at the health care organizations. Plus, many note, smartphones’ size makes them easier to lose than a laptop.

Experts also recommend that physician practices set policies on mobile use, with attention paid to security measures, such as antivirus software and password protection

Lewis Dolan, Pamela. Smartphones blamed for increasing risk of health data breaches. Amednews, Posted on 19th of Dec. 2011.


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December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

The best sources for med apps

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An independent review of sources to retrieve medial applications.

iMedicalApps <> is an excellent source for reviews of medical apps by medical professionals. The site can be filtered by platform (Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone), medical specialty, or app “type” (calculators, drug reference, textbooks, etc.). Postings include reviews of individual apps, comparisons of similar apps, and “top 10” type lists by topic, as well as news stories about the mobile industry in medicine. Reviews are written by a team of physicians and medical students. The reviews generally include screenshots and describe the app in context with others in that category. Strengths and weaknesses are highlighted, and individual user pricing is provided. A really simply syndication (RSS) feed is available. The reviews and categories are aimed at medical professionals looking for apps to use on their own devices.

PCWorld writers review apps for Apple and Android on PCWorld’s AppGuide <>, alongside user-contributed reviews. It is easy to spot the PCWorld-written reviews versus user-contributed reviews. A few of the health app reviews were written by invited health professionals, but most are not. Reviews focus on functionality, interface, and ease of use rather than quality of evidence.

The Gizmodo blog <> focuses on productivity and utility apps. Detailed reviews of medical apps are not present.
Other sources:
Apps: finding the best. Reviewed by Jennifer Reiswig, MLS. J Med Libr Assoc. 2011 October; 99(4): 326–327.

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November 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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Mobile apps can help patients with diabetes

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An interactive computer software program appears to be effective in helping patients manage their Type 2 diabetes using their mobile phones, according to a new study, one of the first to scientifically examine mobile health technology… (…)

The study indicates that using mobile phones, the Internet and other mobile communications technology to keep patients healthy may have broad applications to help patients and their physicians manage many health conditions. (…)

The software examined in the research provided real-time feedback on patients’ blood sugar levels, displayed medication regimens and served as a “virtual coach“...

Mobile Phone Technology Helps Patients Manage Diabetes. Medical News Today, 01/08/11

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August 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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