Cell Phone / Smartphone Policies

For years, concerns that electromagnetic interference (EMI) from cell phones could disrupt the operation of medical devices have shaped policies addressing cell phone use in the healthcare environment. Some facilities, for example, prohibit the use of cell phones in certain areas, or they allow their use only with certain restrictions, such as keeping the cell phone a specified distance away from potentially sensitive medical devices. Now, with smartphones and other mobile devices offering functionality that far exceeds the capabilities of traditional cell phones, new sets of benefits and risks must be considered when developing a policy. We’d like to know how your facility is currently managing the use of cell phones and smartphones—both by clinicians and by patients and visitors.

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) events
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In the past three years, has your facility experienced any events in which the operation of a medical device was affected by EMI from a cell phone or smartphone?
If "Yes," please explain:
Cell phone/smartphone use by clinicians is...
YesYes, with restrictionsNoDon't know
Permitted in lounges and waiting areas
Permitted in general care areas
Permitted in the emergency department
Permitted in the perioperative environment
Permitted in critical care units
Cell phone/smartphone use by patients and visitors is...
YesYes, with restrictionsNoDon't know
Permitted in lounges and waiting areas
Permitted in general care areas
Permitted in the emergency department
Permitted in the perioperative environment
Permitted in critical care units
Smartphone use for clinical applications -- Ownership
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Does your facility issue organization-owned smartphones to any physicians or clinical staff?
Does your facility allow physicians or clinical staff to use their own personal devices for clinical applications (BYOD)?
Smartphone use for clinical applications -- Uses
Do physicians or clinical staff at your facility use smartphones to . . .
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Communicate with other clinicians/staff about a patient’s care?
Access reference materials / clinical decision support resources?
Receive alarm notifications?
Prescribe medications / place orders on a CPOE system?
Access the EMR (electronic medical record)?
Obtain lab results?
View radiologic images?

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