Visible but Unseen? A Workplace Study of Blood-Test Icons on Electronic Emergency-Department Whiteboard

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Studies have shown that whiteboards support much cooperative work by for example strengthening awareness, improving communication, and reducing mental workload. In line with these predominantly positive findings, an emer-gency department (ED) turned to its whiteboard to improve the coordination of its work with blood tests. We investigate this use of the whiteboard through observations and in-formal interviews in the ED and analyze the ability of the whiteboard to support coordination and awareness in the work with blood tests. Our findings show limitations in the ability of the whiteboard to support awareness in a setting where the users are (locally) mobile, specifically in regard to information that requires continuous monitoring. We do however also find that the whiteboard safeguarded the work with blood tests against some risks by making blood-test information socially visible
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CSCW 2015 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM, New York, NY, USA
Publication date2015
Pages798-807
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2922-4
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Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesProceedings of the CSCW Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing

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