Studies have shown that whiteboards support much cooper-ative work by for example strengthening awareness, im-proving 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 investi-gate this use of the whiteboard through observations and informal 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.
|Title of host publication||CSCW '15 Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing - Vancouver, Canada|
Duration: 14 Mar 2015 → 18 Mar 2015
|Conference||The 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing|
|Period||14/03/2015 → 18/03/2015|
Torkilsheyggi, A. M. Á., & Hertzum, M. (2015). Visible but Unseen? A Workplace Study of Blood-Test Icons on Electronic Emergency-Department Whiteboard. In CSCW '15 Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing Association for Computing Machinery.