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Will social media banish the bleep? An analysis of hospital pager activity and instant messaging patterns.

Will social media banish the bleep? An analysis of hospital pager activity and instant messaging patterns.
Will social media banish the bleep? An analysis of hospital pager activity and instant messaging patterns.
Pagers or ‘bleeps’ have been used for intra-hospital communication for over 30 years but are time inefficient and antiquated. We compared pager activity with instant messaging patterns over a 6-month period in a large, UK, teaching hospital. We found that instant messaging was widely used for clinical communication, yet the introduction of an intra-hospital instant messaging platform only led to a modest reduction in pager activity, suggesting that phasing-out of pagers will require a managed transition to alternative messaging technologies. Social network analysis from instant messaging logs also provided insight into patterns of communication that could be used to optimise clinical care.
Fuggle, Nicholas R.
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Fuggle, Nicholas R., Harrison, Helen and Macarthur, Benjamin (2021) Will social media banish the bleep? An analysis of hospital pager activity and instant messaging patterns. BMJ Open Quality. (doi:10.1136/bmjoq-2020-001100).

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Pagers or ‘bleeps’ have been used for intra-hospital communication for over 30 years but are time inefficient and antiquated. We compared pager activity with instant messaging patterns over a 6-month period in a large, UK, teaching hospital. We found that instant messaging was widely used for clinical communication, yet the introduction of an intra-hospital instant messaging platform only led to a modest reduction in pager activity, suggesting that phasing-out of pagers will require a managed transition to alternative messaging technologies. Social network analysis from instant messaging logs also provided insight into patterns of communication that could be used to optimise clinical care.

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Accepted/In Press date: 4 February 2021
Published date: 26 March 2021

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Local EPrints ID: 448698
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/448698
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Last modified: 30 Apr 2021 16:32

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Author: Helen Harrison

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