IF YOUR PHYSICIAN IS CONSULTING A CELL PHONE, IT MAY BE TO IMPROVE YOUR CARE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Many of us object to people texting while we’re talking to them, and that may be even more offensive if it’s your doctor consulting a cell phone when examining you. But not so fast. One cell phone app released recently by Johns Hopkins may be pivotal to your care. Rita Kalyani, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
KALYANI: We just recently released the Johns Hopkins Diabetes Pocket Guide, pocket stands for point of care information technology. This is a guide available to healthcare providers at the point of care, when they’re seeing patients at the bedside. It’s concise, evidence-based information that’s available on the Internet, on a mobile, hand held device. Healthcare providers are too busy to look up information they need at the point of care, when they’re seeing patients in the clinic. This guide summarizes consensus guidelines and makes them available in an easily accessible format. :32
So if your physician appears to be texting, information gathering related to your health may be the goal. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.