An exploratory study to investigate the effectiveness of PDAs in healthcare: a case of Queensland nurses

Hafeez-Baig, Abdul and Gururajan, Raj (2011) An exploratory study to investigate the effectiveness of PDAs in healthcare: a case of Queensland nurses. In: 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2011): Identifying the Information Systems Discipline, 29 Nov-2 Dec 2011, Sydney, Australia.

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This paper examines the role of wireless handheld devices such as PDAs and smartphones in the Australian healthcare system. The context of this paper is restricted to nursing staff in three regional hospitals. This study uses a mixed-mode methodology to understand the actual usage of PDAs by nursing staff in medical wards. The study identifies a list of issues and potential benefits associated with the actual use of PDAs for patient care in public hospitals. 30 nursing staff participated in this study and examined issues pertaining to the size, shape, weight, connectivity, and ease of use of the devices, as well as the perceived benefits, ICT infrastructure and the role wireless applications could play in nurses' intention to use the PDAs. This study also highlights that there is evidence suggesting that the use of the PDAs by nurses can improve the decision making process and the quality of decisions taken by nurses.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Hafeez-Baig and Gururajan. The authors assign to ACIS and educational and non-profit institutions a nonexclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to ACIS to publish this document in full in the Conference Papers and Proceedings. Those documents may be published on the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, in printed form, and on mirror sites on the World Wide Web. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 05:03
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 23:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: PDA; wireless handheld devices; healthcare; actual use; decision making
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences

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