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Emergency visualized: exploring visual technology for paramedic-physician collaboration in emergency care
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores the potential of visual information and communication technologies (ICTs) for collaboration in emergency care. The thesis consists of four studies exploring future technology, 3D telepresence technology for medical consultation (3DMC), from several different methodological and analytical perspectives. Together the studies provide a broad view of the potential benefits, risks and implications of using visual technologies for collaboration in emergency care. The results show that paramedic-physician collaboration via 3DMC might have some benefits for patient care, both in the immediate patient care situation and beyond, for example, when coordinating transport and resources; improving understanding between different actors; and in developing paramedic competence and confidence in their skills. However, collaboration is heavily impacted by physicians’ and paramedics’ respective work practices which are situated in very different physical, professional and organizational contexts. Adding a visual dimension to this collaboration presents unique challenges for the overall design, development, implementation, and appropriation process. Thus, the thesis emphasizes the importance of understanding both the individual users as well as the complex overall image which, although often neglected or ignored, is crucial to understand when developing and introducing new technology that is successful and justified in the overall context while also being useful and meaningful for the individual users.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap/Bibliotekshögskolan Högskolan i Borås , 2013.
Skrifter från Valfrid, ISSN 1103-6990 ; 53
Keyword [en]
3D video, emergency care, e-health, paramedic, collaboration, collaborative work, computer supported cooperative work, CSCW, information ecology, information practice, pre-hospital care, sociotechnical, telemedicine, telepresence, video communication, visual technology
National Category
Information Studies
Research subject
Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3658Local ID: 2320/12312ISBN: 978-91-978768-5-8OAI: diva2:877048

Academic dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Borås to be publicly defended on Thursday 19 September 2013 at 13:15 in the auditorium at Simonsland, University of Borås, Skaraborgsvägen 3, Borås.

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