Naoe Tatara, Japan
When I started working at NTT Microsystem Integration Laboratories, I was assigned to a task force working on the research and development of a wearable multi-bioinformation device, which was aimed to be used as a part of future telemedicine service.
Since then, I worked mainly on the research and development of various wearable sensors, but in the last phase, I was engaged in the development of tele-consultation system using TV-phone for the people with chronic diseases as well.
Through these works there, I became more interested in the user side of the telemedicine system; how to motivate patients to utilize the sensors for their health management and how to design healthcare service with easy usability. This is the reason why I study telemedicine from the users’ perspective.
My PhD project is titled “Designing mobile patient-centric self-help terminals for people with diabetes”. In this project, I will study the impact of usability of mobile terminal-based self-help application on the self-management of diabetes.
Due to its ubiquitous characteristic, evolving technology used, and pervasiveness, a mobile phone is considered to be ideal as a platform of self-help application. However, there are certain limitations in physical specification of mobile devices, and the application should be designed not to be complex but still to keep necessary number of functions working comfortably and motivating users.
Currently, I am working on how to optimize visual user interface and menu structure of the self-help application that has been developed in diabetes project at Norwegian Centre for Collaboration and Telemedicine, using usability engineering methods involving real patient-users.
As it is said everywhere, the cost for health care continues increasing. People notice the risks of life-style related diseases and now they have more, or rather too much and untidy information about health.
For me, it looks like now we are in chaotic era leading to dynamic change in healthcare systems and also our mind for our own health. I believe that people will have more responsibility on their health in future, and telemedicine or health informatics will be a big help for it.
Everyday life itself is my source of inspiration. There are a lot of things that we can notice any problem with or get hints from if we pay attention to but otherwise easily missed.
Phone: +47 95 99 86 56 and e-mail naoe.tatara(at)telemed.no