Description: Over 70% of Canadians 18 years of age or older own a personal mobile device (PMD) (e.g. Blackberrys, iPhones, iPads, or Android phones). Both physicians and patients bring their PMDs to the ED and may record patient data, clinical encounters, or the clinical environment. This presentation will provide a review of the relevant legal and ethical issues to consider in the ED.
- Enhance knowledge of privacy and confidentiality issues created by PMD recordings in the ED.
- Understand the risks and benefits of PMD recordings for both the emergency physician and the patient.
- Understand the ethical, medical, and legal requirements of PMD recordings in the ED.
- Emergency physicians need to obtain and document proper consent before using a personal mobile device to record patient data.
- Recordings on personal mobile devices improve patients’ understanding and adherence to their care plan.
- Institutional policies should aim at protecting the confidentiality of other patients in the clinical environment.
Biography: David Migneault is an emergency medicine specialist working at the Vancouver General Hospital and at the BC Children’s Hospital. He completed a Master of Science in Bioethics at Clarkson University at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. He has a special interest in privacy and confidentiality issues created by the use of new technologies in the emergency department.