Electronic data collection by trainee anaesthetists using palm top computers
The Royal College of Anaesthetist requires that trainees wishing to specialise in Anaesthesia register with the College and keep a logbook documenting their experience and training in clinical anaesthesia. There are a number of advantages if such logbooks are kept in an electronic format. For the first time in the United Kingdom, we have evaluated the usefulness in a district general hospital of introducing a computerized system of record keeping based on a portable palm top computer. This has enabled the careful analysis of the individual work load of each trainee in the department by means of a specific program designed to generate a comprehensive report after the information from each individual has been downloaded on to a standard desk top computer. We have found a number of interesting and unexpected results and have highlighted ways in which the system may be improved.(Published Online August 16 2006)
(Accepted September 1999)
Key Words: anaesthesia; medical education; medical informatics.
c1 Correspondence: B. Sweeney.
p1 Present address: Department of Anaesthesia, Royal Perth Hospital, Wellington Street, Perth, Australia WA 6000.