A recent survey shows more than half of physicians send and receives text messages at work.
A recent study published in Telemedicine and eHealth, TXT@WORK: Pediatric Hospitalists and Text Messaging, shows the texting habits of the majority of physicians lead to security concerns.
Researchers surveyed 97 pediatric hospitalists about their at-work texting habits and Becker’s Hospital Review summarized the results:
“Text messaging on cellular devices may pose risks such as interception of messages or viewing of information by an unauthorized third party,” says the report. “It is important that healthcare providers recognize and comply with privacy issues in regard to text messaging.”
Researchers concluded, “Physicians were using text messaging as a brief, work-related communication. Concerns arose regarding transfer of PHI using unsecure systems and work-life balance. Future research should examine accuracy and effectiveness of text message communication in hospital, as well as privacy issues.”