Effect of various components of computer systems on nurses

Gerry Hendrickson, Christine T. Kovner

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Abstract

The computer systems in hospitals in which major studies have been conducted are described, highlighting the common and different features. A review of the literature for effects of those particular features on the allocation of time to tasks is presented. It is found that computer systems which facilitate the role of care giver by helping to monitor and track patients as well as by assisting the nursing process have not been shown to save time, but have resulted in other benefits, such as more complete and compliant documentation and fewer errors. Bedside terminals are too new to have been subjected to careful research by independent investigators. Vendor reports and early research studies indicate that bedside terminals may save time and reduce errors. Many of the studies reviewed were unclear on the type and components of the computer system implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-795
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care
StatePublished - 1989
EventProceedings: Thirteenth Annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC-13) - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Nov 5 1989Nov 8 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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