Benefits Of Smartphones On The Healthcare Setting

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We Can, but Dare We? Upon receiving a message the next morning from a peer at work informing me of a big investigation being conducted at work due to a HIPPA violation that involved a celebrity who had been admitted to the hospital sparks red flags against the incident that occurred the night prior. In hindsight, photos should have never been taken which violates patients’ rights. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “The HIPPA Privacy Rule provides protections for individually identifiable health information held by covered entities and their business associates and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information.” (Health Information Privacy). Although the act that was performed using a cell phone was unacceptable and against the law, mobile devices in the healthcare setting prove to have some beneficial uses. The Advantages of Smartphones in the Healthcare Setting Since 2009 there has been increase of technology use in the healthcare setting. Approximately two-thirds of physician’s have adapted to the use of smartphones. (Kahn- Sarasohn, 2010). Some tools that are being implemented in the hospital setting are patient record programs, alerts, medical reference tools, diagnostic tools, and further medical education. This type of technology is so appealing because a smartphone is a mobile computer, which allows physician’s to receive real-time updates. In addition to the convenience of smartphones, the simplicity plays a major
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