Saturday, 18 February 2012

Device use in intensive care

Atish Rajkomar's study of how infusion devices are used in intensive care has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics: a great outcome from an MSc project!

It's a great achievement for someone without a clinical background to go into such a complex clinical environment and make sense of anything that's going on there. The Distributed Cognition approach that Atish took seems to have been a help, providing a way of looking at the environment that focuses attention on some of the things that matter (though maybe overlooking other things in the process). But this is a difficult thing to prove!

It's one of the real challenges for the design of future healthcare technologies: that to design effectively, the design team really does need dual expertise: in technology design and in clinical work. There are few courses available that provide such dual expertise. And also surprisingly few people seem to be interested in acquiring such expertise. Therein lies another challenge: how to make healthcare technologies interesting and engaging?

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