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Technology and Wearables in Research and Clinical Care

  • 1.  Technology and Wearables in Research and Clinical Care

    Posted 04-21-2019 17:23
    Hi everyone,

    I had the pleasure of facilitating the discussion at the Research Roundtable on technology at the ONS Congress in Anaheim.  About 15 nurses gathered to discuss various issues including: How are new technologies (including wearables) validated for use in clinical research and clinical care situations?  Rather than just testing with end users, needs and preferences of end users of the technology (including nurses, other providers, and patients) should be considered from the earliest design of technologies.  A difficulty of working with technology is its quick obsolescence --as soon as it's rigorously tested in clinical trials, it is obsolete and newer, better technology is ready to take its place. Who 'owns' the data that are collected? Does the use of technology disenfranchise individuals in certain socioeconomic groups? Are the data we collect tied to actionable interventions, or are we collecting data just 'because we can'?-- are we looking for a problem to fit a solution, instead of using technologies to solve actual clinical problems? What about a potential high rate of false positives for technologies that can alert clinicians to concerning alterations--does this contribute to alarm fatigue for clinical staff?  A book, Deep Medicine by Eric Topol, MD was recommended to the group.

    Many more questions were raised than were answered, but as you can see from the topics we discussed in this roundtable, there's a huge interest in the use of technologies for both research and clinical care.  Please post questions and discussions regarding technology design and utilization in the community so that we can keep an ongoing dialog open!

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    Grace Campbell, PhD, MSW, RN, CRRN
    Assistant Professor
    University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
    gbc3@pitt.edu
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  • 2.  RE: Technology and Wearables in Research and Clinical Care

    Posted 04-22-2019 06:52
    In line with research there is a model called HATS (Healthcare And Technology Synergy) that has technology as a main concept which would be applicable to this discussion. Sounds like this was a great round table!

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    Cynthia Chernecky PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN
    Professor
    Augusta University
    Augusta, GA
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  • 3.  RE: Technology and Wearables in Research and Clinical Care

    Posted 04-23-2019 08:46
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    Thank you, Cynthia!  Here is a PDF of the article describing this model.

     

    Grace Campbell, PhD, MSW, RN, CNL, CRRN

    Assistant Professor

    University of Pittsburgh

    School of Nursing, Department of Acute & Tertiary Care

    School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy

    336 Victoria Building

    3500 Victoria Street

    Pittsburgh, PA  15261

    412-417-8804

    gbc3@pitt.edu

    campbellgb@upmc.edu

    @GraceCampbellRN