Mobile Devices Distracting in the Examination Room

April 10, 2012
70 Views

Everyone loves to have the latest technology – it’s fun to play with iPhones and iPads and explore all they can do. Of course, this technology can be distracting in our daily lives. And when it’s used by physicians in hospitals, such distractions can affect patient safety. iphone in OR

Everyone loves to have the latest technology – it’s fun to play with iPhones and iPads and explore all they can do. Of course, this technology can be distracting in our daily lives. And when it’s used by physicians in hospitals, such distractions can affect patient safety. iphone in OR

Many doctors love their smartphones or tablets. They can sit by a patient’s bedside to record information rather than going back to their offices. This new process speeds everything up and allows doctors to be in front of more patients. Tablets and smartphones are also helpful to the patients – patients and family members can be shown drawings, photos and videos at their bedside to see what’s going to take place before the actual procedure is underway.

But with all this technology can come distraction. Mobile devices can do so much at once, including text, web surfing, phone calls and email access, that one alert can distract the doctor from the reason they’re using the mobile device in the first place.

As a result, many hospitals are working to implement new policies on how mobile devices can be used in examination and operating rooms. 

You may be interested

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech
eHealth
3 views
eHealth
3 views

Where Is The Balance? Pushing Back Against Consumer Health Tech

Larry Alton - August 18, 2017

When Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz glibly remarked that Americans struggling to afford insurance should choose between that and their smartphones,…

What to Look for in Patient Solutions Software
eHealth
365 views
eHealth
365 views

What to Look for in Patient Solutions Software

Robert Cordray - August 17, 2017

The medical sector is one area where technology has had a significant impact, largely by providing tools that simplify many…

Can Natural Remedies Like RediCalm Decrease Stress and Anxiety?
Wellness
2 views
Wellness
2 views

Can Natural Remedies Like RediCalm Decrease Stress and Anxiety?

Ryan Kh - August 16, 2017

According to research from the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the…