Hope you all had a good thanksgiving. Sorry for the lack of activity on this project. After a very helpful meeting with a surgeon in my hospital a few weeks back that was both informative yet deflating I realized I had to re-evaluate a few things on the project. The surgeon provided a very realistic opinion stating that having an app to communicate would be helpful but considering the alternative of picking up a phone and asking where the patient was located the app was not a feasible solution worth putting money into. He also mentioned that adding an additional task like updating a patient’s status on an app might cause push back with alot of the peri-operative staff which made sense. I had to take a step back and reevaluate if the solution we are proposing would really help.
After looking back on our conversation objectively I had only talked to one surgeon who offered a very constructive opinion on our project, but I realized he only represents only a small part of the problem we are trying to fix. He only represents a small piece of the total problem we are trying to solve and the information from the patient status updates could greatly benefit surgical coordinators and management as well as the peri-operative nurses. I did feel that some parts of the app could be chopped out or added on later as an upgrade mainly the chat portion of the app due to the difficulty that we could come across having to check each person’s phone by IT security if they were to download the app to their personal phones. What I had in mind instead was to have an ipad placed at strategic portions in each part of the process that staff could update by “Swiping” the status depending on the tasks completed. I’m currently working on some wireframes on what this would look like. The patient status updates and surgeon-family communication would still be very helpful to many people. I have not completely decided on removing the chat portion of the app just yet.
Again, the conversation was very helpful but deflating and it actually only represents the opinion of one surgeon that I have talked to and I haven’t had many conversations with surgeons at all. I don’t think this is an accurate representation of what they feel they might need. I have to speak to more surgeons to gage their interest. Danny has had better luck and the surgeons and staff he has spoken to at his hospital are alot more on board with this project than the staff at my hospital. We currently have a meeting with the chief of medicine at his hospital and are going to explain our project to them. If anything I could see the trial of the app going through with his hospital rather than mine.
We are still planning to proceed with the project but had to change a few things. We still feel it is a very viable and helpful app to many people working within peri-op.