Since the introduction of the Internet to academic centers for routine communications, medical researchers and clinicians have used this media to disseminate information amongst their peers. This instantaneous method of knowledge exchange has improved patient care as documented in numerous publications during the past decade especially of those researchers/clinicians working in critical care medicine. A number of issues contribute to the need for rapid knowledge procurement in intensive care units.
Therefore, healthcare providers working in intensive care have great interests in accumulating the most accurate and up to date information
possible, so that their critically ill patients receive the best and safest care possible. However, acquiring vital information using the Internet at the point of care (the patients' bedside) presents a challenge to clinicians since connecting to the Internet may necessitate the clinician to leave the ICU (patient bedside) and log into a computer workstation and thus delaying access to critical information.
This paper highlights the genesis and evolution of medical errors, the critical care clinician as knowledge employee and end user of information and related technology and also provides information on who is responsible for assessing, evaluating and recommending the clinicians information technology.
"Reprinted from www.futuretechnow.info with permission from David H Walker”