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Special Issue Call for Papers: Supporting Collaboration in Healthcare Settings
Computerization and its contribution to care quality improvement: the nurses' perspective.
Despite the widely held belief that the computerization of hospital medical systems contributes to improved patient care management, especially in the context of ordering medications and record keeping, extensive study of the attitudes of medical staff to computerization has found them to be negativ...
Cooperation and communication challenges in small-scale eHealth development projects.
We analyze the challenges of cooperation and communication using perspectives from information systems research and the concepts of 'language-games' and 'shared design spaces', and thereby exploring the boundaries between the different communication, practice and culture of the IT professionals and...
Improving referral activity on primary-secondary care interface using an electronic decision support system.
Our main aim was to evaluate the ability of electronic feedback and of an electronic referral decision support system (ERSS) to enhance agreement between primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialists in priority assignment in clinics. 62 PCPs used a ranking system of waiting times based on differen...
Innovations in health care services: the CAALYX system.
We addressed issues associated with the gathering of clinical data and interpretation of these data, as well as possibilities of automatically triggering appropriate clinical measures. Considering this initial work we started the identification of initiatives, ongoing works and technologies that cou...
Teleconsultation in geriatrics: impact on professional practice.
We used qualitative methods to analyse the impact on professional work practices and care organisation of an initially experimental and then permanent teleconsultation system using a video conference system set up between a geriatric hospital and a tertiary care hospital. Sixty-six teleconsultations...
A modified Delphi translation strategy and challenges of International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®).
We recommend that all synonyms be included in the ICNP(®) translation. In countries like Taiwan where nursing education occurs in English, it is recommended that English terms are displayed along with the translated official language to help nurses to interpret and use the terminology correctly. Cro...
H_pe for mHealth: more "y" or "o" on the horizon?
We present the response of a group of researchers in the mHealth community to the recent calls for evidence issued by global health and funding agencies. We support our conclusions through a summary of the numerous ongoing mHealth studies listed in the US federal clinical trial registry. We conducte...
Can technology change the work of nurses? Evaluation of a drug monitoring system for ambulatory chronic disease patients.
To evaluate the impact of an electronic drug monitoring system (eDMS) for ambulatory rheumatology patients on time nurses spent on, and the process of, drug monitoring. The study was conducted in the Rheumatology Department of a large metropolitan hospital. The eDMS, a module of the Hospital Clinica...
Perspectives of Australian adults about protecting the privacy of their health information in statistical databases.
We conducted a social survey. We measured attitudes towards privacy, medical research and consent; privacy concern about sharing one's health information for research; privacy concern about the possibility that some specific information from medical records could be linked to the patient's name in a...