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Bay Area hospitals: Just say “no” to Pokémon Go 

Sutter Health in California has issued a warning to patients about the viral mobile game Pokémon Go. At multiple sites, a sign now reads: “The game may pose security, infection, privacy, and data security risks.” Gaurav Mathur, a palliative care physician who first alerted me on Twitter, says he’s seen this posted at Alta Bates … Continue reading “Bay Area hospitals: Just say “no” to Pokémon Go “

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Sutter Health in California has issued a warning to patients about the viral mobile game Pokémon Go. At multiple sites, a sign now reads: “The game may pose security, infection, privacy, and data security risks.” Gaurav Mathur, a palliative care physician who first alerted me on Twitter, says he’s seen this posted at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Summit Medical Center in Oakland. 

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We can only hope that an elusive Pokémon doesn’t pop up in the emergency room.

Just last week, the game was touted at an Apple iPhone 7 launch event as a boon for health and fitness. That may well be true, but let’s keep it outside the four walls of the hospital. 

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Christina Farr is a San Francisco-based journalist specializing in health and technology. Before joining Fast Company, Christina worked as a reporter for VentureBeat, Reuters and KQED

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