Navigation Links
Urgent Need for Guidance on Mobile Phone Use in Clinical Care

Both national and international guidelines on the use of mobile phones in the provision of clinical care are urgently needed, an editorial in the June issue of Quality and Safety in Health Care argues.

Healthcare systems are increasing looking to developments in mobile communication technology to help improve the provision of care to people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and coronary heart disease.

The UK and the US are leading the way in application of this technology, such as through the use of patient self-monitoring devices.

However, very little guidance exists on the safe use of this technology, the authors found. They checked the websites of key UK medical professional bodies, defence organisations and official regulatory bodies for appropriate guidance, and followed this up with an email or telephone call to ensure no important documents were overlooked.

Guidance, where it existed, was found to be extremely limited in scope and either failed to address key concerns or did not take into account the full range of functions of mobile phones. Concerns relevant in other contexts were also not addressed.

For example, with email communication in clinical care, there are clear recommendations of the need to confirm that an email has been received. The same should apply to SMS messaging, the authors recommend.

Advice on telephone consultations is relevant but additional issues, such as loss of reception, conducting calls in inappropriate circumstances (such as a noisy or public environment) and the potential for mobile phones to be lost or stolen, need to be addressed.

Available advice concentrates on concerns and barriers, whereas practical guidance is needed. For example, following advice from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency that the use of a non-medical device, such as a mobile phone, in a medical context migh t not be safe, suitable or reliable, the medicolegal pitfalls of picture messaging have been emphasised undermining its potential benefits.

Mobile communications knows no boundaries, so international as well as national agreement on transfer of data is required. Specifically this must cover the status of consultations when clinician and patient are in different countries. At present a UK clinician may provide a consultation using a registered patients mobile phone unaware that the patient is in another country, where their UK medical credentials are not recognised and legal indemnity is invalid.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Urgent Aid Required For Palestinian Health Services: WHO
2. Urgent Steps Should Be Taken To Clear MMR Vaccine-Autism Link
3. Lung Disease Care Needs Urgent Improvement: Healthcare Commission
4. Mental Health of Kashmiris Needs Urgent Attention: Survey
5. FDA Urgently Warns Consumers About Health Risks of Potentially Contaminated Olives
6. Junk Food Ad Overkill Shows Urgent Ban Needed
7. Better Access to Testing Urgently Needed to Fight HIV in Asia-Pacific
8. Parents Need Guidance to Broach the Subject of Cancer with Their Children
9. New Rhinosinusitis Clinical Trials Guidance Developed
10. WHO, UNAIDS Issue New Guidance on HIV Testing and Counseling
11. Mobile Phones Found To Reduce A Man’s Fertility by 30
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... According to an American Psychological Association article, ... abused before the age of 18. Of those who survive, many still face effects ... , In her new book, Lyah! Lyah! Pants on Fyah!, she shares stories ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... PARSIPPANY, N.J. (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 ... ... - Healthcare Research & Analytics EVP and GM Jim Callandrillo and Duane ... during the 55th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence and Research Group (PBIRG) General ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... May 02, 2016 , ... The Evolve Paddle Board Company- which ... announced today the outcome of their partnership with Yoloha Yoga- producers of high quality ... Board.” , SUP yoga has seen a dramatic rise in popularity throughout the last ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... , ... Marshall Votta, Josh Holmes and Laura Sandman have joined RowdMap, Inc. ... Inc.’s market growth across both health plans and provider organizations who use government benchmark ... based care. , Marshall Votta joins RowdMap, Inc. as Chief Market Officer and takes ...
(Date:5/1/2016)... ... ... 2 is a set of versatile and smooth logo reveals built exclusively for Final ... a unique logo reveal in just a matter of minutes. Custom settings give the user ... add a uniquely animated logo to any photos or videos. , ProBrand Reveal comes packaged ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016   Click here ... Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest independent ... a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Campus Pharmacy, ... ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that provides individualized ... California . In 2015, TNH generated approximately ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016  The blood testing market in ... to Kalorama Information and The Freedonia Group in a ... acid testing.  The healthcare research firm said that ... blood collection stations and in improving testing at the ... report, Blood Testing Market in China ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... N.J. , April 28, 2016   Acsis ... today announced that leading IT market research and advisory ... " in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Pharmaceutical Track and ... 2016).  The report provides an assessment of the capabilities ... track and trace software market. Logo - ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: