I write in response to your Official Information Act request, dated 04 December 2018. You requested
the following information, and our responses are outlined below each question:
•Does the DHB have a policy in place regarding the use of smartphones/ smartphone apps (like WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Messenger) for the recording and sharing of clinical information?
oIf yes, what is the policy?
oIf no, why not?
How frequently would you say this is happening among clinicians?
Is it just a sign of the times; a more efficient way of sharing information?
What efforts are made to ensure patient privacy if/ when sharing information through personal/work smartphones?
Have any clinicians been reprimanded for the way they have used their smartphone/ tablet to record or share patient information?
Our response is attached