Disciplinary action awaits....
I work in an NHS hospital; on wards with patient contact. I have a smartphone (actually had one since my Nokia 9500 Communicator for same purposes) on which I keep reference materials/clinical guidlines/specialist references. Stuff that means I don't have to run about looking for the nearest terminal that's not broken/partly functional/working but in use to look up the latest info on cotrimoxazole via a CVC.
I have read and taken the NHS courses on data protection - as have all these doctors and nurses - it's part of your required mandatory training. Not following the requirements is a disciplinary offence.
As a result I have never:
1. used SMS/Text for conveying/communicating any patient information [don't get me started on why text is a rubbish protocol for anything important - just let me say IT IS NOT INSTANT MESSAGING and no audit trail]
2 used email for conveying/communicating any patient information [even standard Trust intranet/Exchange is apparently not secure enough]
3 ever used Facetwit or whatever it is, ever, at all
Does this make me :
A. Smug self righteous b*****d
B. Boring so'n'so with no snese of up and coming use of technology
C. so scared of disciplinary process in the NHS and it's 'no blame culture' which is no blame as long as I can stick the blame on someone else (been there and seen that)
D. all of the above
E. I wouldn't like my personal information bandied about insecurely so stick to what's in the NHS regs