Title

Design challenges in converting a paper checklist to digital format for dynamic medical settings

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

6-16-2016

Journal

PervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Volume

2016-May

DOI

10.4108/eai.16-5-2016.2263335

Keywords

Electronic health record (EHR); Emergency medicine; Medical checklist; Paper forms; Trauma resuscitation; User-centered design

Abstract

© 2016 EAI. We describe a mobile digital checklist that we designed and developed for trauma resuscitation-a dynamic, fast-paced medical process of treating severely injured patients. The checklist design was informed by our analysis of user interactions with a paper checklist that was introduced to improve team performance during resuscitations. The design process followed an iterative approach and involved several medical experts. We discuss design challenges in converting a paper checklist to its digital counterpart, as well as our approaches for addressing those challenges. While we show that using a digital checklist during a fast-paced medical event is feasible, we also recognize several design constraints, including limited display size, difficulties in entering notes about the medical process and patient, and difficulties in replicating user experience with paper checklists.

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