Challenges to Physicians' Use of a Wireless Alert Pager

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Executive Summary

Pagers, Personal Data Assistants (PDAs) and other devices that have wireless connectivity are becoming a popular method for delivering patient related information to medical decision makers. Although medical informatics research has emphasized the design, and implementation of pagers as event notification mechanisms, researchers have not paid as much attention to how this technology impacts medical work. This paper presents a case study of physicians in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) using wireless alert pagers.

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