Back to Browse Journals » Risk Management and Healthcare Policy » Volume 5

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

Authors Gill PS, Kamath A, Gill TS

Received 8 June 2012

Accepted for publication 9 July 2012

Published 27 August 2012 Volume 2012:5 Pages 105—114


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 3

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

Creative Commons License This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License. By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms.

Download Article [PDF] View Full Text [HTML] 


Other articles by this author:

Patient engagement: an investigation at a primary care clinic

Gill PS

International Journal of General Medicine 2013, 6:85-98

Published Date: 3 March 2013

Technological innovation and its effect on public health in the United States

Gill PS

Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare 2013, 6:31-40

Published Date: 23 January 2013

Readability assessment of concussion and traumatic brain injury publications by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Gill PS, Gill TS, Kamath A, Whisnant B

International Journal of General Medicine 2012, 5:923-933

Published Date: 7 November 2012

A qualitative assessment of an online support community for ovarian cancer patients

Gill PS, Whisnant B

Patient Related Outcome Measures 2012, 3:51-58

Published Date: 4 October 2012

Readers of this article also read:

Rotigotine is safe and efficacious in Atypical Parkinsonism Syndromes induced by both a-synucleinopathy and tauopathy

Moretti DV, Binetti G, Zanetti O, Frisoni GB

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment 2014, 10:1003-1009

Published Date: 5 June 2014

Sleep disturbance in mental health problems and neurodegenerative disease

Anderson KN, Bradley AJ

Nature and Science of Sleep 2013, 5:61-75

Published Date: 31 May 2013

Setting the RECORD straight: developing a guideline for the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data

Langan SM, Benchimol EI, Guttmann A, Moher D, Petersen I, Smeeth L, Sørensen HT, Stanley F, Von Elm E

Clinical Epidemiology 2013, 5:29-31

Published Date: 7 February 2013

Treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder insomnia with blue wavelength light-blocking glasses

Fargason RE, Preston T, Hammond E, May R, Gamble KL

ChronoPhysiology and Therapy 2013, 3:1-8

Published Date: 7 January 2013

Controlled synthesis and characterization of hollow flower-like silver nanostructures

Eid KAM, Azzazy HME

International Journal of Nanomedicine 2012, 7:1543-1550

Published Date: 21 March 2012

Correlation between bullying and clinical depression in adolescent patients

Kaltiala-Heino R, Fröjd S

Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics 2011, 2:37-44

Published Date: 25 March 2011