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J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2008 Mar-Apr;15(2):184-94. Epub 2007 Dec 20.

Supporting patient care in the emergency department with a computerized whiteboard system.

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Department of Biomedical Informatics, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2209 Garland Ave, Nashville, TN 37232-8340, USA. dominik.aronsky@vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

Efficient information management and communication within the emergency department (ED) is essential to providing timely and high-quality patient care. The ED whiteboard (census board) usually serves as an ED's central access point for operational and patient-related information. This article describes the design, functionality, and experiences with a computerized ED whiteboard, which has the ability to display relevant operational and patient-related information in real time. Embedded functionality, additional whiteboard views, and the integration with ED and institutional information system components, such as the computerized patient record or the provider order entry system, provide rapid access to more detailed information. As an information center, the computerized whiteboard supports our ED environment not only for providing patient care, but also for operational, educational, and research activities.

PMID:
18096913
PMCID:
PMC2274795
DOI:
10.1197/jamia.M2489
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