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Design of patient tracking tools probed

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Nationwide, electronic patient tracking technologies are replacing traditional, dry-erase patient status boards, according to the UB researchers, who conducted the study with colleagues at the University of Rochester and the University of Florida, Jacksonville. The researchers studied how new electronic patient-status boards were functioning in the emergency departments of two busy, university-affiliated hospitals. Overall, they found that the computational tracking systems tended to affect how health care providers communicate information and track activities regarding patient care. The results, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, revealed that the innate flexibility of the manual whiteboard allowed health care providers and other emergency department staff to use it to communicate with one another.

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