Computer on Wheels Apparatus for better Inter-professional Communication

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Workstation on Wheels for Better Inter-professional Communication



Medical rounds are designed to increase communication between medical teams and improve patient care; however, errors in the electronic health record (EHR) are still common, and can occur when team members use the data differently and are unable to share their entries in real time. Researchers at OHSU have designed a mobile computer on wheels device, consisting of three workstations in a triangular formulation, that provides collaborative and synchronous viewing of EHRs to increase rounds efficiency and oversight.


Technology Overview

Errors in patient electronic health records (EHR) can occur when there is a large volume of data and poor communication between inter-professional health care teams, ultimately leading to decreased patient care and satisfaction. OHSU researchers have developed a collaborative computer on wheels system with three workstations, each with their own monitor as well as a second monitor for screen sharing to allow real-time viewing of the EHR by all members of a rounds team. This synchronous viewing via screen sharing provides more oversight to minimize the risk of transcription and omission errors, while the triangular orientation of the three workstation puts health care teams face-to-face for improved eye contact and communication. The collaborative workstation requires no specific training and is designed to be easily used in a relatively small spaces, such as an ICU public space or rounding room. Initial product testing demonstrated a favorable usability score by health care professionals as well as perceived benefits in visualization of order entry, avoidance of errors, and improvements in the team’s ability to follow clinical decision-making. The device has the potential to change the current paradigm of interprofessional rounds to improve communication and provide care that is safer and more efficient.


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Provisional Patent Filed


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Arvin Paranjpe
Technology Development Manager
Oregon Health & Science University
(503) 494-8200
Jeffrey Gold
Vishnu Mohan
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