Operating room coordination with the eWhiteboard: the fine line between successful and challenged technology adoption
Taneva S et al, Health and Technology, 2011
With the goal to achieve a better understanding of the challenges to communication technology adoption in the clinical setting, we conducted intensive observations of activities of clinical and administrative staff in a large teaching hospital’s surgical unit prior to and 8-months post-implementation of an electronic whiteboard communication tool (eWhiteboard). The hospital IT department developed the e-Whiteboard for the support of inter-team coordination of patient status within the surgical flow. After the system had been integrated into the work process for 8 months, we conducted another round of intensive observations. The RATE data collection platform was utilized in both studies. Data were coded and analyzed quantitatively. Qualitative observational notes complemented the statistical results. We compared the pre- and post-implementation observational data with regard to communication load, types of coordination breakdowns, triggers, and consequences. Additionally, a questionnaire on perceived usefulness of the eWhiteboard was administered.
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