Use of phones and apps to share clinical information

Official information request details

  1. Does the DHB have a policy in place regarding the use of smartphones/smartphone apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Messenger for the recording and sharing of clinical information?
  2. If yes, what is the policy? If not, why not?
  3. How frequently would you say this is happening among clinicians?
  4. Is it just a sign of the times; a more efficient way of sharing information?
  5. What efforts are made to ensure patient privacy if/when sharing information through personal/work smartphones?
  6. Have any clinicians been reprimanded for the way they have used their smartphone/tablet to record or share patient information?

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