The Cognitive Aids in Medicine group at Stanford is leveraging emerging technologies to develop dynamic, interactive tools that streamline and standardize protocols for managing medical crises. Leslie Wu, a PhD candidate in computer science at Stanford, presented on the effort and demonstrated its early prototype system at the 2012 Stanford Medicine X conference.
Wu's talk, along with several others, was recently made available on the conference website. In the presentation, Wu explains how cognitive aids have helped other fields, such as aviation, standardize protocols and improve safety. Although the idea of using checklists in medicine has been championed by Harvard physician Atul Gwande, MD, and supported by the World Health Organization, Wu points out the paper versions can be significantly improved using technology and design-thinking concepts. Watch the video to find out how the group's software-based tool performed during a medical crisis and how those results compare to the absence of a cognitive aid and traditional checklists.