A major challenge in developing these services is making them intuitive and simple to use. This can be especially challenging when designing for certain groups with reduced cognitive and/or physical abilities and when trying to motivate users to perform actions that are not directly beneficial to them.
Research on user-interaction design for mobile patient terminals used for medical and self-help applications.
• Design of disease related feedback on patient terminals using context-awareness.
• Interaction modes for mobile patient terminals including evaluation and testing of relevant user-interaction methods on mobile platforms for the context, e.g. text, graphic, audio, video, tactile, movement
• Investigate uses of archetypes, personas, scenario or other methods for descriptions and simulations of use-cases
• Developing of guidelines for design of user-interfaces for chronically ill and elderly
• Implementing and tests of guidelines / frameworks
• User testing in labs and real environments
By combining theories from Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with methods for user involvement in design we want to establish a foundation of knowledge on designs of patient terminals for medical and self-help applications. There is a need for an experience base to identify good design guidelines. Likewise, it is a need for more research within usability testing methods for achieving sound eHealth applications. The candidate will thus focus on HCI related methods applied to mobile/wearable patient-centric tools.
Gunnar Hartvigsen, UiT
• 1 PhD candidate, funded from NST: Naoe Tatara
• Supervisor: Gunnar Hartvigsen
Ragnhild Varmedal, NST
Eirik Årsand, NST
Per Hasvold, NST
Jeremiah Scholl, NST
June 2007 – June 2011
The groups of people with chronic diseases, lifestyle diseases and elderly are rapidly increasing. In order to give these groups good self-help services and usable self-help tools, more research on user-interaction issues are required.
Both industry that produces health applications and services, and industry that focuses on mobile/wearable terminals, may benefit from this research.