Clinical Use of Palm Pilots - page 4

I am interested in hearing how nurses use Palm Pilots at the bedside. How are they helpful? What software do you use? Should other nurses use them? Please feel free to contact me... Read More

  1. by   KimberRN1
    I just bought a palm and don't plan on using it for patient information...... i'll use it for lab values....drug reference etc....I saw the post concerning HIPAA violations...but the Dr's in my hospital all use palms... I even think the hospitals supply them...they have all their pts labs etc on them.......Wouldn't they as well be violating HIPAA?....
  2. by   rninformatics
    As long as the patient information that resides on the devices is protected and as long as this practice is authorized by your hospital's policies and procedures - no its not a violation of HIPAA. "Protection" can include password protecting the device, encription, auto disable and disc/memory wipe if or should the device be lost or stolen.


    Quote from KimberRN1
    I just bought a palm and don't plan on using it for patient information...... i'll use it for lab values....drug reference etc....I saw the post concerning HIPAA violations...but the Dr's in my hospital all use palms... I even think the hospitals supply them...they have all their pts labs etc on them.......Wouldn't they as well be violating HIPAA?....
  3. by   NexLvlDad
    I've heard of a hospital using iPods that were interfaced with their PACS. I wonder if someone out there is using iPhones with their CIS.
  4. by   Indy
    By PACS, do you mean the xray viewing service? Don't you normally need a pretty large monitor to look at those? I could not imagine looking up xrays on an ipod screen...
  5. by   gradRN2007
    Hi
    I have been using a PDA for 7-8- years now, and have been a working RN for a little over a year now.
    I use mostly skyscape products, the free archimedes 360 converting calculator is used daily, I also have labs 360,clinical nurse pocket guide,Davis's drug guide for nurses, life support 360 (acls), LWW nursing procedures, AHFS patient drug information (good for teaching patient and family about drugs), ECG Notes (just like the flip book),
    I am going to get a cell phone with a pda in it if I can next time I upgrade because I am tired of carrying the 2 separate items, one in my pocket and one on my waist, and then having to carry the cellpohne that all RNS in our hospital carry when working in in my other pocket.

    I always use the calculator either on my cell or pda, and the compatability for IV piggyback so i don't have to go to the computer at the desk or call pharmacy and when a doc wanted to know the BSA of a patient I was the only RN who could come up with the info fast.

    Other RN's know i have it and ask for info sometimes.
    Hope this helps

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