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The increasing advancement of technology in the past decade has significantly shifted the way we live our lives and do business. The more we adopt new technology, the better we are able to work on our tasks, decrease errors and increase speed.
Health care is no different. According to Manhattan Research, a health care market research firm, devices such as tablet computers and smart phones are being adopted quickly by doctors who use them in the hospital, at their clinics, and at home.
The study reported that the number of doctors using these new devices for professional purposes almost doubled from 2011 to 2012, reaching 62 percent this year. Another report issued by Jackson & Coker said 80 percent of doctors are now using smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices at work. Tablets, mostly iPads, are now mainstream.
One huge benefit of the new electronic devices is the available data accessible to doctors and nurses. A recent article in the Herald-News discussed how doctors are using these devises for immediate access to databases of current research studies, prescription medication, and medical calculations (see link at the end of this blog).
As more and more physicians start using smart phones, it is natural for them to want to replace their pagers with text messaging on smart phones. After all, why use multiple devices if all the work can be done with a single one? However, while we adopt new technologies into healthcare, it is imperative that data be treated carefully because of the sensitivity of the information being transmitted.
One example is the way doctors communicate with other medical personnel and with patients. While it is tempting to communicate via email or text messaging, messages sent over the public networks such as AT&T or Verizon are not considered to be HIPAA compliant. Health care professionals need to ensure that they have a secure text messaging system when communicating any information that contains patient data.
In sum there are medical-specific systems that need to be developed as healthcare adopts new technologies to help improve medicine and patient care. New technology can dramatically help people, and we want to continue using technology to help patients while keeping private information safe.
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See also Triagelogic’s press release on our new secure texting application. www.triagelogicnurse.com/Secure-Texting