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CAREER - Supporting Fast-Response Medical Teams Through Interactive Information Displays

CCI Project Lead: Aleksandra Sarcevic (Principal Investigator)

Supported by: National Science Foundation, Division of Information & Intelligent Systems

About the Project

Modern society increasingly depends on the work of interdisciplinary teams using information and communication technology (ICT) to control complex, high-reliability systems, such as airplane cockpits, traffic control rooms, and nuclear power plants. These engineered systems are deterministic, with well-defined goal states and parameters of normal operation, allowing the teams to achieve their task goals through direct interaction with ICT. Conversely, when the object of work is a natural system (e.g., social or living system) rather than a machine, the control of such a system imposes quite different cognitive demands, making the design, development, and integration of ICT more challenging. High-risk, fast-response medical settings are an example of a work setting that deals with a natural system (the patient) and where information technology can play only a supporting role. Yet the need for ICT support in these settings is as high as in those with engineered systems. With critically ill patients at twice the risk of medical errors than those treated in other hospital settings, there is a need for effective ICT approaches for real-time data sharing to support situation awareness and collaborative work of fast-response teams.

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