A hospital emergency department is a complex work environment, where the availability of the right information at the right time is crucial for efficient and safe operation. The current technology in use for communication and information management is mostly based on telephones and stationary personal computers. Modern smartphones with their computational power, voice, image, and video capabilities have the potential to play a significant role in improving the flow of information in the emergency department. We developed a system that explicitly supports the work flows of an emergency department. In addition to mobile access to patient data and notifications about the availability of diagnostic findings, it provides the possibility to supply media captured on-site to the patient record, and directly supports the consultation process.
D. Brodbeck, M. Degen, M. Reiss. A mobile collaboration and decision support system for the medical emergency department. Proceedings of HEALTHINF 2012, 5th International Conference on Health Informatics, Vilamoura, Portugal, 2012.