Evaluating collaborative features of critical care systems: A methodological study of information technology in surgical intensive care units

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Purpose: This study evaluates the collaborative features of a critical care system, CV, used in a surgical intensive care unit (SICU). In the evaluation, we take a socio-technical perspective-a view that the technical features of the system and social features of the work are fundamentally interrelated. Methods: We utilized qualitative data collection and analysis methods. We undertook seven months of observations and conducted more than thirty interviews of healthcare providers in the SICU. Results: We found that there are a wide variety of collaborative activities such as morning rounds and medication administration that a critical care system must support. We further found that CV supports healthcare providers by providing them awareness of others' activities. Discussion: We discuss the issue of awareness in greater detail. We also provide some recommendations on how to evaluate how well a system supports collaborative features such as multiple perspectives on information, workflow dependences, and context. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Reddy, M. C., Shabot, M. M., & Bradner, E. (2008). Evaluating collaborative features of critical care systems: A methodological study of information technology in surgical intensive care units. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 41(3), 479–487. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2008.01.004

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