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P.105 Smartphone and mobile app use among Canadian Neurosurgery residents and fellows

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 June 2017

MM Kameda-Smith
Affiliation:
(Hamilton)
C Iorio-Morin
Affiliation:
(Sherbrooke)
SU Ahmed
Affiliation:
(Saskatoon)
M Bigder
Affiliation:
(Winnepeg)
A Dakson
Affiliation:
(Halifax)
C Elliott
Affiliation:
(Edmonton)
D Guha
Affiliation:
(Toronto)
P Lavergne
Affiliation:
(Quebec City)
S Makarenko
Affiliation:
(Vancouver)
MS Taccone
Affiliation:
(Ottawa)
MK Tso
Affiliation:
(Calgary)
B Wang
Affiliation:
(London)
A Winkler-Schwartz
Affiliation:
(Montreal)
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Background: Communicating with senior neurosurgical colleagues during residency necessitates a reliable and versatile smartphone. Smartphones and their apps are commonplace. They enhance communication with colleagues, provide the ability to access patient information and results, and allow access to medical reference applications. Patient data safety and compliance with the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA, 2004) in Canada remain a public concern that can significantly impact the way in which mobile smartphones are utilized by resident physicians Methods: Through the Canadian Neurosurgery Research Collaborative (CNRC), an online survey characterizing smartphone ownership and utilization of apps among Canadian neurosurgery residents and fellows was completed in April 2016. Results: Our study had a 47% response rate (80 surveys completed out of 171 eligible residents and fellows). Smartphone ownership was almost universal with a high rate of app utilization for learning and facilitating the care of patients. Utilization of smartphones to communicate and transfer urgent imaging with senior colleagues was common. Conclusions: Smartphone and app utilization is an essential part of neurosurgery resident workflow. In this study we characterize the smartphone and app usage within a specialized cohort of residents and suggest potential solutions to facilitate greater PHIPA adherence

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Copyright © The Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences Inc. 2017 
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