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Just_Kidney has 5 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in Nephrology.

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For my personal life, I use a digital planner on my iPad for my calendar, to do lists, etc. At work, I currently use a paper planner (I’m a dialysis floor nurse and clinical nurse manager). Sometimes a patients name or minimal other identifying information makes its way into my to do lists: “Call Smith’s PCP about appointment” or “Jones plan of care due today” etc. Right now I shred my todo lists when they’re completed. Id like to switch to using a digital planner for work too but I’m concerned if this would be a HIPAA violation. Perhaps I could use patient initials instead of names but that might be challenging. Of course my iPad is locked but the security level might not be up to HIPAA standards. I would erase any identifying information once I was done with it and it would be pretty limited (certainly no patient charts or anything, just my personal notes). What do y’all think? 

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45 minutes ago, Just_Kidney said:

Of course my iPad is locked but the security level might not be up to HIPAA standards.

The best thing to do is contact your compliance and IT people to know your facility's expectations and what your options are.

 

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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50 minutes ago, JKL33 said:

The best thing to do is contact your compliance and IT people to know your facility's expectations and what your options are.

 

Exactly this. I can actually access my email and calendar from my personal phone, but there were requirements by my facility to download a specific app and to have a passcode that is at least 8 characters long. 

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We had to install Haiku to do this.

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