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Jupiter Medical Center chose a joint wireless solution from AT&T Inc. and Palm to deliver McKesson's Horizon MobileCare Rounding solution. The combination of these technologies enhance Jupiter Medical Center physicians' access to patient information by allowing them to pull the most current data - in or outside the hospital - to support more informed decision-making and improved workflow.
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potter @ 4/2/2007 2:56:07 PM # Q
* What kind of security measures do they have on the Treo that would prevent someone other than the intended doctor for accessing PHI (Patient Health Information) from the Treo? e.g. The Treo is lost or stollen.

* Did they remember to defend the various caches?

* What kind of security measures do they have on the server that would prevent someone else using a Treo or other device from accessing PHI directly? e.g. Defense against Hacking.

RE: Security?
hkklife @ 4/2/2007 5:55:16 PM # Q
Also, aren't there certain strict HIPAA regarulations in effect in regards to (using the term loosely) PDAs used in the healthcare field?

For one, doesn't all information have to be accessed via a network and/or stored internally in the device and not on external/removable storage media?

Are Palm OS devices still holding up strong in the healthcare world like they were a few years ago? Last time I asked around, there were numerous doctors & nurses using (usually) T|C or T|T3 era devices...

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: Security?
jgilfor @ 4/3/2007 7:49:44 AM # Q
No, HIPAA does not restrict the storage of personally identifiable patient information on external/removable media; it merely requires strict control of said information. As long as data are encrypted and nothing is printed out and left lying around, HIPAA has not been violated.
Jeff Gilfor, M.D.
Department of Anesthesiology
Albert Einstein Medical Center
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buckeyetex315 @ 4/3/2007 2:16:01 PM # Q

With it, they can take advantage of the hospital's infrared, WAN and wireless connections, ensuring that critical information is always at their fingertips wherever they are - inside or out.

Too bad those docs are stuck using AT&T's data connection instead of WiFi. Most hospitals have excellent internal WiFi infrastructures these days and yet discourage "cellphone" usage. Guess the docs are exempt from that rule!?!


RE: WiFi
Tuckermaclain @ 4/6/2007 9:45:45 PM # Q
WiFi is great while you're in the hospital. I can access the entire electronic charts for inpatients through the hospital's software. Much faster than using the phone. The problem is when you are on call and not in-house and you have to access something. Then Cingular, Sprint, etc become valuable. BTW-never heard of a cellphone interfering with anything.

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vetdoctor @ 4/7/2007 8:53:26 PM # Q
"BTW-never heard of a cellphone interfering with anything."

Fairfax Hospital VA has the large sign in front saying to turn off cell phones. Most doctors offices have signs saying, " due to sensitive medical equipment please turn your cell phones off".

The last time I overnighted at the hospital none of the staff minded my phone.

Maybe their coffee pots are shielded from the phones now.


RE: WiFi
SeldomVisitor @ 4/8/2007 7:23:27 AM # Q
The Fear has been quashed:

== "Calls made on cellular phones have no negative impact on
== hospital medical devices, dispelling the long-held notion
== that they are unsafe to use in health care facilities,
== according to Mayo Clinic researchers..."


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