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A clinician’s artificial organ? Instant messaging applications in medical care

Abstract

After the development of the first phone at the end of 19th century, communication technologies took a great leap forward in the 20th century. With the birth of the “smartphone” in the 21st century, communication technologies exponentially evolved and became an important part of our daily routine. Effective communications between clinicians is critical in medical care and miscommunications are a source of errors. Although telecommunication technologies have proliferated dramatically in the last decade, there is scarce evidence-based information on the use of this technology in medical care. For the purposes of medical communication, we can now consult each other about patients individually and within a group via instant messaging applications by using text messages, photos, audio messages and even videos. In this review, we examine the uses and drawbacks of instant messaging applications in medical communications.

Int J Artif Organs 2017; 40(9): 477 - 480

Article Type: REVIEW

DOI:10.5301/ijao.5000606

Authors

Gokhan Tazegul, Humeyra Bozoglan, Tahir S. Ogut, Mustafa K. Balcı

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Financial support: No grants or funding have been received for this study.
Conflict of interest: None of the authors has financial interest related to this study to disclose.

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  •  Department of Internal Medicine, Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Antalya - Turkey
  •  Department of Endocrinology, Akdeniz University School of Medicine, Antalya - Turkey

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