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Thank you for your help. Also, I wanted to narrow a part of the research towards the future. I chose one topic to research called Augmented Reality,

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Thank you for your help. Also, I wanted to narrow a part of the research towards the future. I chose one topic to research called Augmented Reality, which is explained as the future of healthcare. Do you think I could incorporate that topic in with EMRs and HIPPA topics and have a significant amount of research?

Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 17

Hello!

First, I verified that there is a good amount of literature on augmented reality (which is a really cool topic!). Then I used the successful search terms in each database:

  • CINAHL Plus with Full text - "computerized patient record" AND augmented reality
  • Medline with Full text - "Medical Records Systems" AND augmented reality
  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source - "electronic health records" AND augmented reality

Next I substituted HIPAA for the EMR search term. Following that, I substituted patient privacy.

Combining augmented reality and verified search terms, I got absolutely no hits for any of the searches. I then ran all of the searches in PubMed, a huge database. I got one hit, an article that we don't have full text for, Clinical and surgical applications of smart glasses. I don't know how relevant the article is. Basically, the literature has not made the connection between augmented reality devices and possible breaches of privacy.

For an undergrad paper, you could raise the issue of security if the various augmented reality devices are accessible through the hospital's network or if they can be hacked.

As a grad student, it would make an awesome long term research project. You should keep it in mind!

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