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Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Letters | 0 comments

Preliminary study on use of mobile phone by interns to answer pager messages


Dhara N. Perera1

1Dr. MBBS, Bsc. (Hons), House Medical Officer – Eastern Health, Victoria; James Cook University, Queensland, Australia

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Journal MTM 2:2:24–30, 2013

Background: Improved communications within the healthcare sector is imperative to enabling increased clinical efficiency and enhanced quality of patient care. Mobile phone use has been demonstrated to enhance clinical practice by improving communication between physicians, junior medical staff and other healthcare members.

Aims: This study aims to assess use of personal mobile phones to answer pager messages (use versus non-use) among Intern medical officers.

Methods: A literature search was performed. A survey instrument was designed to identify intern medical officers who used their mobile phones to answer pager messages and those who did not. 12 intern medical officers were surveyed. Verbal consent was obtained. Following completion of the instrument, when necessary, participants were asked to clarify their comments.

Results: Among the 12 intern medical officers, 8 intern medical officers (67%) used their personal mobile phone to answer pager messages. Main reasons highlighted were convenience, hospital phone accessibility and time-saving. Reasons for non-use by 33% participants were to keep work and private calls separate and not wishing to pay for work-related calls.

Conclusions: Those junior medical officers who answered pager messages using their mobile phone found it beneficial due to increased productivity. Those who did not chose to do so due to privacy and cost. Further validation with larger scale randomized control studies in this field are required.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2012 in Letters | 0 comments

Ethical Considerations Related to Mobile Technology Use in Medical Research

A/Prof Melissa Parker MD1,2
1Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, McMaster Children’s Hospital,2Pediatric Emergency Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto in Medicine.
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Journal MTM 1:3:50-52, 2012

Mobile technology has become increasingly prevalent in the workplace.  Smart phones, tablets, and other forms of personal digital assistant have particular appeal for professionals seeking tools to enhance productivity.  Research in particular requires the capacity to collect and process data in an efficient and cost effective manner.  Investigators are increasingly turning to mobile devices for solutions as programs and data handling capabilities become more sophisticated.  With these developments, however, arises the need to contemplate and address ethical considerations relevant to mobile technology use in the research context.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2012 in Letters | 1 comment

The use of short message service (SMS) for patient appointment reminders

Susan McClean1, Dr Mahendra Perera MBBS1
1Albert Road Clinic, Melbourne, Australia
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Journal MTM 1:3:53-55, 2012

Albert Road Clinic is an acute care private psychiatric hospital with active and committed Psychiatrists who work with us. The Albert Road Clinic Consulting Suites is based within the hospital and this space is tenanted by approximately 40 consultant psychiatrists who work either full time or on a sessional basis in their private practice.  Several psychiatrists approached me to try and resolve the issue of their patients not attending for scheduled appointments; the non- attendance has potential detrimental effects for the patient (who may have forgotten the appointment) leading to possible clinical risk. The other consequences have been an adverse effect on the consultant psychiatrists’ business and the inability to back fill the appointment for which the patient has not attended.

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Posted on Jun 1, 2012 in Articles, Letters | 0 comments

An experience of the virtual desktop: a surgical perspective

Dr Pamela Boekel MBBS1
1Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Australia
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Journal MTM 1:2:8-10, 2012

With the advent of mobile technology, the interface in which the clinician can view medical imaging and electronic records is more accessible than ever1Citrix. Making the iPad work for healthcare. In: Inc CS, editor. Fort Lauterdale, USA2010.. The Citrix Receiver™ provides a secure platform for clinicians to access a virtual desktop, linked to the hospital server, via their mobile tablet device or laptop computer.  This technology was born out of the need for mobile offices dedicated for the clinician, and has since been adopted by medical professionals in many centres as a means for offsite access to hospital electronic medical records (EMR).  With the nascent boom of health informatics and ‘tele-medicine’ due to the birth of mobile devices, we are continuously in the pursuit towards improving the efficacy and timeliness of healthcare delivery as well as ensuring patient safety.  Citrix ReceiverTM is but one example and it is currently in use amongst the Orthopaedic registrars at the Austin Hospital in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria.

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