Emergency Department Information System (EDIS)

Contact Pernille Bjørn, Associate Professor

Date 2006 – present

The research project Emergency Department Information Systems (EDIS) began in 2006 and is still ongoing. The project is a collaborative effort between ITU, Simon Fraser University and a Canadian Pediatric Hospital focusing on the work practice and re-configurations of technology for Emergency Departments. The project emphasizes the importance of investigating and understanding healthcare professionals current work practices before implementing new technology. Some of the recent work comprise studies of categorizations in EDIS (Bjørn and Balka, 2007), work place studies of triage processes (Bjørn and Rødje, 2008), and re-configurations of common electronic templates (Bjørn et al, in progress). The next step is to investigate the design and use of electronic whiteboards in EDs.


Bjørn, P. and E. Balka (2007). Health Care Categories have Politics too: Unpacking the Managerial Agendas of Electronic Triage Systems. ECSCW 2007: Proceedings of the Tenth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Limerick, Ireland, Springer.

Bjørn, P. and K. Rødje (2008). “Triage drift: A worksplace study in a pediatric emergency department.” Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): An International Journal 17(4): 395-419.

Bjørn, P., S. Burgoyne, et al. (in progress). “Boundary factors and contextual contingencies: Configuring electronic templates for health care professionals.”

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