Saturday, 29 September 2007

Research seminar on Emergency Department Information Systems

Users’ perceptions of, and interactions with, Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS)

Haleh Ayatollahi

Friday 5th October
13.00-14.00
RC204

This research has been designed to obtain a better understanding of using information systems in Hospital Emergency Departments. The main aim of this study is to explore users’ perceptions of, and interactions with, Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS). Few research studies have examined the use of information and information systems in Emergency Medicine, so investigating users’ attitudes towards current information systems could be helpful to identify issues that may affect using these systems in Emergency Departments. Understanding these issues may help to design better systems in future.

The first phase of this research was an exploratory qualitative approach, in which participants were interviewed about their experiences of using the systems. The participants of the study were the Emergency Department staff who used at least one of the information systems in this department. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed. In total, 34 staff were interviewed. The seminar will describe the main findings from the initial analyses, and will discuss the emerging issues that can influence use of information technology in Emergency Departments.

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