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Innovative and Safer Use of Smartphone Technology to Improve Interprofessional Communication in Healthcare
Submission DeadlineSep. 10, 2020

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Lead Guest Editor
Serena Frassini
Department of Health Professions Azienda Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy
Guest Editors
  • Donatella Giovannini
    Department of Health Professions Azienda Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy
  • Annalisa Aprili
    Intensive Care Unit, Azienda Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy
  • Valerio Lanno
    Intensive Care Unit, Azienda Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy
  • Stefania Rasori
    Department of Health Professions Azienda Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy
  • Barp Laura
    Intensive Care Unit, Azienda Ospedali Riuniti Marche Nord, Pesaro, Italy
Introduction
Communication breakdowns are serious plight in healthcare and smarthphones’ use do offer advantages to health personnel on duty, providing an accessible and reliable method of streamlined communication. Mobile technology fosters interprofessional communication, reduces work stress and enables to quickly access to reference materials about medications, procedures or health conditions; apps can assist physicians and nurses in information and improve time management, patient monitoring, medical and training education and clinical decision-making. The benefits of smartphone use in clinical context could be undermined if abuse and overuse are not kept in check: moreover, distractions from tasks of personal use could be a critical threat to patient safety, as well as the potential, unmeasured risk of these equipements from acting as possible vector for cross infections. Last but not least, the use of smartphones by physicians and nurses can be considered unprofessional. Nevertheless hospitals have a social media/cell phone policy in place, this policy is most frequently disregarded. How to strengthen quality and efficiency of communication and enhance accessibility and interteam relationships through a safer and innovative use of smarthphone technology? Our issue suggests ideas, projects and systems for safe, conscious and effective information flow by smartphones use reducing risks related to use in healthcare settings.
Aims and Scope:
  1. Mobile phones in clinical handover processes
  2. Information flow by smartphones: risk assessment and risk management
  3. Innovative models of mobile phone use for healthcare communication
  4. Educational programs to promote an informed use of smartphone in healthcare settings
  5. Patients’ perceptions of mobile use by healthcare personnel
  6. Communication apps on mobile phones and privacy implications
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