Advanced Topics in End User Computing Series, Vol. 1 by Mo Adam Mahmood

By Mo Adam Mahmood

Strengthen issues in finish consumer Computing positive factors the newest learn findings facing finish person computing strategies, concerns, and traits. It presents a discussion board to either teachers and data know-how practitioners to improve the perform and figuring out of finish consumer computing in organisations. Empirical and theoretical examine fascinated about all points of finish person computing together with improvement, usage and administration are incorporated. This e-book is a part of a brand new sequence entitled “Advanced issues in finish person Computing”. This ebook is quantity One inside of this sequence (Vol. I, 2002).

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On the other hand, they are expensive, require specialized maintenance, and they may not be faster than manual techniques. Metnitz and Lenz (1995) Case Study of a Patient Data Management System 25 conclude that commercial PDMS still have some way to go before they are truly useful for both clinical and management analysis purposes. They state that those implementing PDMS must plan sufficiently before installation and implementation for reconfiguration, as most PDMS interfaces are presently not practical or reliable, and that co-operation between the system developer and purchaser is mandatory.

Practical Equipment Problems The ICU staff did not want the PCs that operate the PDMS to be on tables at the bedside. Firstly, this would violate health and safety regulations; secondly, this would not be practical in an already busy and hectic environment. The PDMS that the team saw before selection were desk-based. A “cart” was designed to put the PCs in, which was at an extra cost to the ICU. The first cart to arrive was like a giant washing machine, which was too big and obscured the view of the patient.

On the other hand, a medical consultant commented that “the software was chosen because it could be adapted. The software would not have been used [as it was], even with training” (1996). The systems manager was originally employed to spend 1-2 days a week adapting the software. However, she worked full-time for the period 1995-1997 and the following modifications have been made: medical charts from the monitors and manual inputs have been reformulated to be the same as the written medical reports; new icons have been designed to ease user interaction; the drug list was extended; and 10 screens have had to be altered to fit with nurses’ practices, which has meant changing the original programming.

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