Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Patient Data on Your Smartphone
Many physicians carry smartphones. Whether it's an Apple iPhone, a BlackBerry, a Palm, or a Windows Mobile phone, it's a smartphone. Now, we also have physicians using Google Android, Symbian, and other smartphone operating systems.
If you use e-mail to communicate about confidential patient information, I hope you're locking your phone. If you ever lose your phone and someone happens to retrieve that sensitive data, then you may want to run away and hide. Many healthcare professionals have patient data on their smartphones or PDAs. Some may even forget that it's there. Medical students are often jotting notes and recording procedures on their PDAs and smartphones. How often do you remember to go back and delete all that information after you're finished with your clinical rotation?