Staff perceptions of patient visibility systems in acute care settings
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Staff perceptions of patient visibility systems in acute care settings

Rita Musanti Assistant professor Nursing, Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States
Michelle Downing Nursing informatics specialist, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown in New Jersey, United States
D Anthony Forrester Professor of nursing, Rutgers University, Newark in New Jersey, United States
Denise Fochesto Director of nursing and operations, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown in New Jersey, United States
Patricia O’Keefe Chief nursing officer, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown in New Jersey, United States

Rita Musanti and colleagues report on a study of staff attitudes towards ‘electronic-whiteboard’ technology

Patient care visibility technology systems provide real-time information about patient admissions, discharges, transport, clinical activities and housekeeping services, in order to enhance patient care and flow. This article reports the results of a descriptive study that explored healthcare professionals’ perceptions of and attitudes to a patient care visibility technology system in an acute care setting. The results indicate that staff find the system user friendly, and are positive about its staff- and patient-focused characteristics. Overall, positive staff perceptions and acceptance imply positive use of the system. This study forms the basis for further research on the effects on the patient-care outcomes of healthcare professionals’ use of these systems.

Nursing Management. 22, 2,24-29. doi: 10.7748/nm.22.2.24.e1322

Correspondence

rita.musanti@rutgers.edu

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 31 October 2014

Accepted: 25 March 2015