Digital Devices and Patient Safety

Digital Devices and Patient Safety


Digital Devices and Patient Safety

Our blog on Digital Devices and Patient Safety comes from the October 22, 2013 #HCLDR tweet chat.  This tweet chat is held on Tuesday evenings at 8:30 p.m. EST.   In an open group, individual healthcare stakeholders from all over the world come together each week to discuss healthcare topics that affect us all. Who are these stakeholders?  They include patients, nurses, physicians, techies, geeks…. anyone who has an interest in improving healthcare.
Consider this as your personal invitation to join us!

We are particularly fond of this October session that focused on Digital Devices and Patient Safety. Since the subject was interesting and relevant to our promoting risk management and patient safety, we think our blog will provide some good food for thought in using digital devices and being mindful of how it affects others. This is great learning for all of us!


Question on Decreasing Digital Distractions in the Workplace

Here is our Digital Devices and Patient Safety question, provided by our co-pilot, Lisa Fields, aka @Practical Wisdom:


“T1” refers to our participants answering this question.  Before reading some of our participants’ responses, we invite you to pause and think about this question and how affects you and your work environment.



There is a lot of truth to this statement.   It’s exciting to learn and use new devices, but they are being added on top of our very busy worlds.


Digital Device Interface design is important and must come from the users, since they know their work processes best.



Absolutely!  See references below.



It’s natural to think that multitasking increases the number of tasks we can check off our lists.  Not so. Focusing on one task at hand and getting it done provides more accurate results and the satisfaction of checking that one To-Do item off your list.



Think about it.  If your physician were to provide little eye contact and engagement because he was too busy typing office notes into his/her computer, how would that make you feel?  How does this affect your experience as the patient? Does this spark any changes you want to make as a physician in your own practice?



Doesn’t this make sense?  We get so mentally involved in our thinking during digital tasks, that sometimes we have to “wake-up” to the issues right in front of us.



Doesn’t this say it all?  We hope you found this discussion enlightening.  We welcome your comments and suggestions on what you would like to see in future blogs.


Resources for our Digital Devices and Patient Safety blog:

Our #HCLDR tweet chat is hosted by:  Colin Hung (@Colin_Hung) and Lisa Fields (@PracticalWisdom). Thank You!

For this session, our Pre-Tweet Chat Blog entitled Maintaining Our Focus in a Digitally Distracting World:

Are You Tired of Alarm Fatigue?:

Distractions Lead to Mistakes by Nurses:

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