Table 1

Demographics, policy and guidance, hardware and software provision

Responding sites 46 (85%)Standalone paediatric emergency departments20 (43%)
Mixed adult and paediatric emergency departments26 (57%)
Wi-Fi accessFree Wi-Fi access31 (67%)
Limited Wi-Fi access
(patient, university Wi-Fi, insufficient bandwidth or select group of clinicians only)
6 (13%)
No Wi-Fi access provided9 (20%)
23 units had a mobile device policy covering the personal deviceAllow use of personal mobile device in the clinical environment13 (28%)
Do not allow use of personal mobile device in the clinical environment10 (22%) (ban enforced at 4 (9%) sites)
24 units had a mobile device policy covering the institutional deviceAllow use of institutional mobile device in the clinical environment22 (48%)
Do not allow use of institutional mobile device in the clinical environment2 (4%) (ban enforced at 0 sites)
Mobile app guidance at the 23 departments that had a personal mobile policyProvide guidance regarding app use6 (13%)
Do not provide guidance regarding app use15 (32%)
26 institutional mobile devices were provided at 19 (41%) of 46 sitesBlackBerry2 (7%)
Apple iPhone9 (33%)
Apple iPad10 (37%)
Android phone4 (15%)
Android tablet2 (7%)
Medical app provision on the 26 institutional mobile devices at the 19 (41%) of 46 sitesNo apps provided9 (47%)
1–5 apps9 (47%)
6–10 apps1 (5%)