Fraunhofer FIT – Erion Elmasllari
Erion Elmasllari's dissertation, "A Framework for the Successful Design and Deployment of Electronic Triage Systems," was convincing. Triage is the process by which emergency responders, especially in high patient volume situations, determine the order and priority for medical assistance. After assessing the severity of injuries, first responders tag victims to indicate a priority for treatment. At the end of the triage process, victims are treated according to the assigned priority.
Erion Elmasllari's work identifies the key factors that determine the acceptance of e-triage systems and uses them as the basis for a framework for designing such systems. The framework can be used evaluatively to communicate the reasons why previous e-Triage systems have failed, but can also be used generatively to actively assist system designers in designing acceptable e-Triage systems. In either case, the framework illuminates the needs, limitations, risks, and issues of e-Triage systems within the overarching triage ecosystem.