Hi. I *Think* that the patient tracker program -- well, it could very well be something else entirely. But the one I've looked at is more like software for tracking practice patients, you know? More like for managing an office than for floor nursing.
The hospital where I work now is experimenting with PDAs and wireless technology on the floors. I'm totally and completely hooked on *my* PDA, but I don't do floor nursing any more. I kinda resent the hospital GIVING some people the PDA. For a while, I had a computer in one office and everything else I had towork on in a different office across campus with NO computer. I didn't have much choice but to carry my own, and I had to buy it myself. So then the hospital goes out and as an experiment in informatics, buys a bunch of them and GIVES them to some of the nurses!!! Okay, it was an experiment to informatics, but it was a benefit to THOSE nurses and not to me! Harrumppphh
But back to the point. I can definitely see how a PDA would be useful on the floor doing the stuff that my jot sheet used to do, plus! (not only the schedule but alarms!) BUT then you get into issues of patient confidentiality. And with the whole new ......... aaacccch, I've forgotten the initials, but it's going to be a mess, I guarantee you!
The thing with my PDA is that I'm not sure I'd actually use it for floor work. There are pros and cons. The small size works for and against it. It's pretty expensive, and I spent a bit of time in my day, searching for my set-aside jot sheet. If a nurse set down her PDA I'd predict that the chances of it staying put are effectively zero. And there you go with patient confidentiality, as well.
The screen is pretty little, and us nurses of "a certain age" have problems with that small type. Inputting stuff can be a chore unless you have a real keyboard to attach to it, so unless you 'beamed' report from one nurse to another, the actual report would take a lot longer is my guess.
And if the PDAs are going to be "floor" PDAs and so the report wouldn't have to be beamed from person to person, then every single nurse would be stuck using them, even if they really, REALLY don't want to. I know that technology is going to catch up with all floor nurses at some point and there will be nurses who don't want to go down the computer path, but I think that this is even more objectionable in its own way. Plus, I think we can all agree to disagree and chart however our institution wants us too, but I think our reminder systems are pretty individualistic... so we're back to data input again!
I wish I could remember that acronym for the new patient confidentiality protection thingie that I'm still searching my poor tired brain for. But I can't. From what I've read so far, the government hasn't come up with any guidelines, but just said, here are the regulations, YOU figure out how to follow them. It has some real "bite" too. Not only major fines, but prison time for people who make mistakes.
We live in interesting times.