Electronic communication among clinicians and patients is becoming an essential part of medical practice. Evaluation and selection of these electronic systems, called personal clinical electronic communication (PCEC) systems, can be a difficult task in institutions that have no prior experience with such systems. It is particularly difficult in the clinical context. To directly address this point, the authors consulted a group of potential users affiliated with a nationally recognized telemedicine project, to determine important characteristics of a hypothetical PCEC system. They compiled a list of these characteristics and produced a desiderata, or list of desired features, for PCEC systems. Two conventional e-mail implementations and three Web-based PCEC systems were evaluated with respect to the features. The Web-based systems all scored higher than conventional e-mail. It is the hope of the authors that this paper will initiate further discussions about the features of PCEC systems and how to evaluate them.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association|
|State||Published - May 2002|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics