Appl Clin Inform 2015; 06(04): 677-683
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2015-05-CR-0050
Case Report
Schattauer GmbH

A Mobile, Collaborative, Real Time Task List for Inpatient Environments

K.A. Michelson
1  Boston Children‘s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States
,
T. Ho
1  Boston Children‘s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States
,
A. Pelletier
2  Boston Children‘s Hospital, Innovation Acceleration Program, Boston, MA, United States
,
S. Al Ayubi
2  Boston Children‘s Hospital, Innovation Acceleration Program, Boston, MA, United States
,
F. Bourgeois
1  Boston Children‘s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States
› Author Affiliations
Further Information

Correspondence to:

Kenneth A. Michelson, MD
Division of Emergency Medicine, BCH 3066
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355–6624   
Fax: (617) 730–1024   

Publication History

received: 11 May 2015

accepted in revised form: 20 September 2015

Publication Date:
19 December 2017 (online)

 

Summary

Background: Inpatient teams commonly track their tasks using paper checklists that are not shared between team members. Team members frequently communicate redundantly in order to prevent errors.

Methods: We created a mobile, collaborative, real-time task list application on the iOS platform. The application listed tasks for each patient, allowed users to check them off as completed, and transmitted that information to all other team members. In this report, we qualitatively describe our experience designing and piloting the application with an inpatient pediatric ward team at an academic pediatric hospital.

Results: We successfully created the tasklist application, however team members showed limited usage.

Conclusion: Physicians described that they preferred the immediacy and familiarity of paper, and did not experience an efficiency benefit when using the electronic tasklist.


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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest in the research.


Correspondence to:

Kenneth A. Michelson, MD
Division of Emergency Medicine, BCH 3066
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355–6624   
Fax: (617) 730–1024