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Research Article

Improving Procedure Logging among Gastroenterology Trainees Using a Mobile Application

Jimoh LY1 and Obstein KL2,3*
1Department of Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
2Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA
3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
Corresponding Author : Obstein KL
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN-37232-5280, USA
Tel: 6153220128
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Received: November 19, 2015; Accepted: January 26, 2016; Published: January 29, 2016
Citation: Jimoh LY, Obstein KL (2016) Improving Procedure Logging among Gastroenterology Trainees Using a Mobile Application. J Comput Sci Syst Biol 9:023-027. doi:10.4172/jcsb.1000216
Copyright: © 2016 Jimoh LY, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Background: Gastroenterology (GI) fellows perform endoscopic procedures and are asked to record information regarding the procedure and their involvement. As no standard method for procedure logging exists and retrieval of data can be challenging, we have created a novel mobile device application (MDA) to accomplish this task. Objective: To determine if a novel MDA will allow for improved endoscopic procedure logging and data retrieval. Methods: A 19-item questionnaire was created to assess the current logging practice of GI fellows at our tertiary care academic medical center. Fellows then downloaded the MDA free-of-charge from the iTunes App store. After 8 weeks of MDA use, fellows were asked to complete the same questionnaire and the NASA task load index (TLX). The study was IRB approved. Results: 11 GI fellows were enrolled. Pre-MDA 7 maintained a paper log, 7 computer-based log, and 1 webbased log 83% of procedures completed were logged; 36.4% within 24 hr of procedure completion. Pre-MDA, fellows estimated their Polyp Detection Rate (PDR) to be 54.5% ± 18.8% and attending take-over rate (ATR) 39.25%. Post- MDA, 85.2% of procedures were logged (p=0.47); 54.5% within 24 hr (p=0.38). The MDA recorded PDR was 50% ± 31% (p=0.74) and ATR was 54% (p=0.19). TLX among MDA users demonstrated very low physical demand 8.6 [0, 21], low mental demand 18.3 [14, 25], low effort 27 [10, 60], and high success 84 [76, 100]. Conclusion: MDA procedure logging was efficient and successful. Data was easily retrieved and MDA use was quickly adopted. The MDA may be a useful tool for recording and retrieving procedure logs in a standard fashion.


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