Computing at Glasgow University
Paper ID: 8528
DCS Tech Report Number: TR-2007-250

HECTOR: A PDA Based Clinical Handover System
McGee-Lennon,M.R. Carberry,M. Gray,P.D.

Publication Type: Tech Report (internal)
Appeared in: DCS Technical Report Series
Page Numbers : 1-14
Publisher: Dept of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Year: 2007

The European Working Time Directive [1] is beginning to have a profound impact on the delivery of out-of-hours services in hospitals throughout the UK. Three hospitals in Lanarkshire are pioneering a new approach to hospital emergency care, called HECT (Hospital Emergency Care Teams). A handheld computer system was developed to support organizational audit and clinical handover within these specialised HECT teams. This study reports on the evaluation of the HECT handheld system in order to establish both how the system was used by the nurses in practice and how well it was accepted within these new HECT teams. Positively rated features include the generation of a printed handover report and the facilitation of clinical audit. Negative outcomes included the potential of additional time required to input data on handheld devices. The results suggest that, if introduced properly, similar PDA based clinical handover systems could successfully be adopted by many other UK hospitals to allow successful health care under these new working time directives. The outcomes from this study could influence both the design of future handheld clinical support systems and the successful integration and evaluation of such systems into the healthcare environment.

Keywords: Handheld computers, Mobile Computing, Hospital Emergency Care Team (HECT), Health Informatics, Critical Care Assessment, Clinica

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