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Distraction: an assessment of smartphone usage in health care work settings

Authors Gill PS, Kamath A, Gill TS

Published Date August 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 105—114

DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S34813

Received 8 June 2012, Accepted 9 July 2012, Published 27 August 2012

Preetinder S Gill,1 Ashwini Kamath,2 Tejkaran S Gill3

1College of Technology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA; 2School of Information, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA; 3College of Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Abstract: Smartphone use in health care work settings presents both opportunities and challenges. The benefits could be severely undermined if abuse and overuse are not kept in check. This practice-focused research paper examines the current panorama of health software applications. Findings from existing research are consolidated to elucidate the level and effects of distraction in health care work settings due to smartphone use. A conceptual framework for crafting guidelines to regulate the use of smartphones in health care work settings is then presented. Finally, specific guidelines are delineated to assist in creating policies for the use of smartphones in a health care workplace.

Keywords: smartphone, health care, distraction, workplace, mobile apps, health informatics

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