Appl Clin Inform 2016; 07(01): 59-68
DOI: 10.4338/ACI-2015-07-CR-0082
Case Report
Schattauer GmbH

Managing and Communicating Operational Workflow

Designing and Implementing an Electronic Outpatient Whiteboard
Bryan D. Steitz
1  Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
,
Stuart T. Weinberg
1  Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2  Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
,
Ioana Danciu
1  Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
3  Department of Quality Safety and Risk Prevention, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
,
Kim M. Unertl
1  Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
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Further Information

Correspondence to:

Bryan D. Steitz
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Ave. Suite 1475
Nashville
TN, 37232

Publication History

received: 09 July 2015

accepted: 06 February 2015

Publication Date:
16 December 2017 (online)

 

Summary

Background

Healthcare team members in emergency department contexts have used electronic whiteboard solutions to help manage operational workflow for many years. Ambulatory clinic settings have highly complex operational workflow, but are still limited in electronic assistance to communicate and coordinate work activities.

Objective

To describe and discuss the design, implementation, use, and ongoing evolution of a coordination and collaboration tool supporting ambulatory clinic operational workflow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).

Methods

The outpatient whiteboard tool was initially designed to support healthcare work related to an electronic chemotherapy order-entry application. After a highly successful initial implementation in an oncology context, a high demand emerged across the organization for the outpatient whiteboard implementation. Over the past 10 years, developers have followed an iterative usercentered design process to evolve the tool.

Results

The electronic outpatient whiteboard system supports 194 separate whiteboards and is accessed by over 2800 distinct users on a typical day. Clinics can configure their whiteboards to support unique workflow elements. Since initial release, features such as immunization clinical decision support have been integrated into the system, based on requests from end users.

Conclusions

The success of the electronic outpatient whiteboard demonstrates the usefulness of an operational workflow tool within the ambulatory clinic setting. Operational workflow tools can play a significant role in supporting coordination, collaboration, and teamwork in ambulatory healthcare settings.


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Conflicts of Interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.


Correspondence to:

Bryan D. Steitz
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Ave. Suite 1475
Nashville
TN, 37232