TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATION RESEARCH Report (August, 2009) Summary
Full Report - Technology Collaboration Research (13 pages) Word file.
Appendix A - UW Conferencing Service Comparison (1 page) PDF file.
Appendix B - Webinar Comparison Matrix ( 1 page - legal sized paper) Excel.
The Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program collaborates with local and state partners across Washington to improve health care and related services for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. As active partners on many DOH-CSHCN activities, Medical Home Leadership Network project staff saw a need to learn more about new effective ways that our project and the many groups collaborating across the state could use to work together with minimal travel or training costs. We proposed as a DOH contract activity that we would begin to explore low cost electronic collaboration options for ourselves and other DOH partners.
Faye Louie, Medical Home webmaster, led the effort under the guidance of Kate Orville and Kathy TeKolste, MHLN Co-Directors. Together, we developed the following parameters for the electronic tools we investigated:
- Employed by the University of WA, local or state public health, early intervention programs, family organizations, health care programs etc primarily in WA state (e.g. not wealthy and probably with limited tech support available)
- Beginner or medium-skilled technology user
- Easy to use
- Low budget
- Recommended by similar users
- Electronic Workgroups
- Online Discussion
- Document Sharing and Collaboration
- Group Conference Calls
- Online Meeting/Conference (webinar/presentation sharing)
- Video Conferencing
- Additional Distance Learning Tools
- Social Media (blogs, social networks, etc.)
Readers can use this report to identify logical starting points for experimenting with new electronic collaboration tools. The MHLN project staff will also continue to explore individual tools. We look forward to ongoing dialogue about these and other tools. Questions or comments? Contact Kate Orville at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-685-1279.
Questions? Contact Kate Orville at email@example.com or 206-685-1279