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TANIT II: telematics for anaesthesia and intensive therapy

The subject of TANIT II is the provision of state-of-the-art telematics support for Critical Care departments such as. general adult Intensive Care Units (ICU), Neonatal ICUs, Paediatric ICUs, Burns ICUs, Post-Surgical ICUs and Anaesthesia Departments such as Induction room, Operating Room, Recovery Room. These are ideal, though challenging candidates for information technology applications due to their clinical complexity, organizational demands and high resource usage. European harmonization and the interoperability and integration of these departmental systems with the rest of the hospital and healthcare community are important issues for consideration. Innovative design frameworks were developed for Critical Care departmental systems to improve clinical efficiency and quality of care and improve control of costs. Using the Anaesthesia Department and the General Adult ICU as exemplars, partial implementations of these designs were achieved. These represented scaleable prototypes which provided a test-bed for a first evaluation of the key design concepts, including the user interface. The overall results have been very positive. It has shown that the emphasis and direction of the ICU system development has been correct. From the survey, particularly strong features of the system are its ability to give a rapid overview of patient state, its intuitive and clear interface interface and its ease to learn. The ICU system was also considered to be reliable, and importantly to be an improvement over their current manual record keeping systems. There was strong agreement that the ICU system was based on sound underlying concepts and that it has strong future potential. Particularly its ability to link seamlessly with other computer systems in the hospital and healthcare environment was considered a large benefit. An important finding from the survey was that a healthcare professional does not have to have any prior computer expertise in order to find the system valuable and easy to use.

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United Kingdom
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