Scenario-Based Evaluation of Team Health Information Technology to Support Pediatric Trauma Care Transitions

Appl Clin Inform. 2022 Jan;13(1):218-229. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-1742368. Epub 2022 Feb 9.


Background: Clinicians need health information technology (IT) that better supports their work. Currently, most health IT is designed to support individuals; however, more and more often, clinicians work in cross-functional teams. Trauma is one of the leading preventable causes of children's death. Trauma care by its very nature is team based but due to the emergent nature of trauma, critical clinical information is often missed in the transition of these patients from one service or unit to another. Teamwork transition technology can help support these transitions and minimize information loss while enhancing information gathering and storage. In this study, we created a large screen technology to support shared situational awareness across multiple clinical roles and departments.

Objectives: This study aimed to examine if the Teamwork Transition Technology (T3) supports teams and team cognition.

Methods: We used a scenario-based mock-up methodology with 36 clinicians and staff from the different units and departments who are involved in pediatric trauma to examine T3.

Results: Results of the evaluation show that most participants agreed that the technology helps achieve the goals set out in the design phase. Respondents thought that T3 organizes and presents information in a different way that was helpful to them.

Conclusion: In this study, we examined a health IT (T3) that was designed to support teams and team cognition. The results of our evaluation show that participants agreed that T3 does support them in their work and increases their situation awareness.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Awareness
  • Child
  • Cognition
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Patient Transfer*