Electronically Assisting Communication for Health Professionals

Scott, Peter; Brooks, Fiona; Quick, Kevin and Macintyre, Maria (2001). Electronically Assisting Communication for Health Professionals. In: Lawrence-Fowler, Wendy A. and Hasebrook, Joachim eds. Proceedings of WebNet 2001 - World Conference on the WWW and Internet. AACE, pp. 1089–1094.


New information and computing technologies offer cost efficient and effective learning opportunities for health care professionals. The Assisted Electronic Communication project is prototyping, administering and evaluating a digital discourse system for health care professionals within an acute Hospital. Health care staff participating in the study are able to access and contribute to threaded, asynchronous discussions and themed information in the context of critical work documents. Early indications are that the system is viewed very positively, and seen as a way of critically engaging with new material that is getting closer to an idealized learning in the workplace.

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