Monday, March 24, 2014

Technology has gotten out of control

Alarms in healthcare are not a new issue, and most of the work is still ahead of us.
But what caught my eye in this NPR report is the Joint Commission's chief medical officer (Dr. McKee) quote - "technology has gotten out of control" -
Still, accordion to the Join Commission report, new requirements will be implemented as early as 2016.

Will these new instruction solve the problem?
As long as we continue to look at the technology part of the system without looking at the operator that use the technology, we will not get to a working solution. Our user has his limitations, and the amount of alarms (s)he can response to is limited. Alarm system that will not take this into consideration will always leave the system below its optimal point.

photo source - NPR