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Can technology increase risks in the hospital?

| Jan 8, 2019 | Hospital Negligence

Technology is everywhere in New York. You may even see it used in hospitals. Often this use is in equipment, but in some cases, you may also see hospital staff using handheld devices. The use of handheld devices, such as smartphones, is not completely accepted. MedCrave explains that they are becoming popular due to medical apps that are now available.

Specifically, anesthesiologists have access to many different applications that provides a range of tools they can use to better treat you. For example, there are apps offering information on everything from drugs to procedures. A doctor may consult the app to help with your treatment. Apps can also help with monitoring and equipment management. There is no doubt there are many possibilities with this technology.

However, there are some downsides to having technology present in a hospital and care situation. Above all, there is the risk for compromising patient information. Many uses of technology do not provide the required protection under HIPAA, making them unusable. In addition, there is always a concern of contamination from handling devices and then not cleaning them properly. There is also a concern about interference with other equipment. Finally, the use of devices could prove a distraction, leading to a lower level of attentiveness to you as the patient.

If hospitals want to use such technology, it must be done in a way that protects you. It cannot introduce issues. It has to solve problems. Otherwise, it is best to keep technology for personal use or use when not with patients. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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