Posts Tagged ‘Health Care’

Bridging Clinical and Non-clinical Health Practices: Opportunities and Challenges - February 21st, 2012

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Congratulations to LUCI faculty Yunan Chen, post-doc Karen Cheng and grad students Sun Young Park on having their workshop proposal titled, “Bridging Clinical and Non-clinical Health Practices: Opportunities and Challenges” accepted to the CHI 2012 program.

There has been a growing interest in the HCI community to study Health, with particular focus in understanding healthcare practices and designing technologies to support and to enhance these practices. A majority of current health studies in HCI have focused on either clinical settings, such as hospitals and clinics, or non-clinical spaces, like patients’ homes and senior centers. Yet, there has been little work investigating how patient care in clinical and non- clinical settings connect with each other. Building on the illness trajectory concept, this workshop aims to explore the interplay between, and the challenges and opportunities in designing healthcare technologies for bridging the clinical and the non-clinical settings, as well as their impact on the continuum of patient care

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Posted: 2/21/12 7:53 pm UTC by Make the First Comment
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Loosely Formed Patient Care Teams - February 6th, 2012

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Congratulations to grad students Soyoung Lee, Sun Young Park, and LUCI faculty Yunan Chen on having their paper titled, “Loosely Formed Patient Care Teams: Communication Challenges and Technology Design” accepted to CSCW 2012!

Abstract: We conducted an observational study to investigate nurses’ communication behaviors in an Emergency Department (ED). Our observations reveal unique collaboration practices exercised by ED staff, which we term as “loosely formed team collaboration.” Specifically, ED patient care teams are dynamically and quickly assembled upon patient arrival, wherein team members engage in interdependent and complex care activities. The responsible care team then disassembles when a patient leaves the ED. The coordination mechanism required for these work practices challenges nurses’ communication processes, often increasing breakdown susceptibility. Our analysis of the ED nurses’ communication behaviors and use of communication channels highlights the importance of maintaining team awareness and supporting role-based communication. This points to the need for explicit efforts to coordinate tasks and informative interruptions. These findings call for the design of future communication technologies to meet the needs of loosely formed collaborative environments to provide team-based communication, lightweight feedback, and information transparency.

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Posted: 2/6/12 6:52 pm UTC by Make the First Comment
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Supporting the Transition from Hospital to Home for Premature Infants… - May 23rd, 2011

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Congratulations to Informatics faculty members Gillian Hayes and Don Patterson, their collaborator Mohan Singh (in Ireland!), and UCI medical school faculty, students and staff, Dan Cooper, Dana Gravem and Julia Rich on having their paper,
‘Supporting the Transition from Hospital to Home for Premature Infants Using Integrated Mobile Computing and Sensor Support’ accepted to Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (Springer journal).

Abstract: This paper reports on the requirements for, design of, and preliminary evaluation of a novel pervasive healthcare system for supporting the care of premature infants as they transition from hospital to home. In support of this system, we report the results of gesture sensing in a clinical setting and of interviews and focus groups with caregivers and clinicians who are involved in the post natal transition to the home. From these results, we developed prototype systems for monitoring and tracking observations of behavioral and health-related data in the home, including both a mobile-phone based capture and access system for caregivers, a sensing platform and an activity-recognition algorithm for automatically documenting infant movement. We describe the results of preliminary trials of both systems with an emphasis on the synergistic importance of bridging this transition. The results of these trials indicate that clinically relevant monitoring can be accomplished in the home, but there is still more to do to integrate these approaches into a comprehensive monitoring system for this population.

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Posted: 5/23/11 9:00 am UTC by Make the First Comment
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LUCI is doing: The Impact of EMR in the ER - May 12th, 2011

The Impact of EMR in the ER

The Impact of EMR in the ER

What has LUCI been up to recently?

The Impact of Emergency Medical Records in the Emergency Room

Recently, United States healthcare reform advocates have promoted the nationwide adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in the hopes of increasing the efficiency of healthcare processes, decreasing medical errors and eliminating billions of dollars in healthcare spending. The estimated success rate for the adoption of large-scale health-care IT systems is only about 28%. In this study, we examine the impact of deploying an EMR system in the Emergency Room. We are studying the pre-deployment, transitional, and post-deployment stages of an EMR implementation by conducting observational fieldwork and interviews with emergency personnel. We are discovering issues associated with workflow, workload, and communication and are developing guidelines to promote successful future EMR implementations.

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Posted: 5/12/11 10:00 am UTC by Make the First Comment
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LUCI is doing: FitBaby: Hospital to Home - May 9th, 2011

FitBaby: Hospital to Home

FitBaby: Hospital to Home

What has LUCI been up to recently?

FitBaby: Hospital to Home

Premature birth is associated with long term health impairments including neurological and cognitive deficiencies, chronic lung disease, and altered growth patterns of lean, fat, and bone tissues. Furthermore, parents of premature infants may experience excessive stress, post-partum depression, and other challenges associated with the birth of and caring for their child. We are designing, developing, and deploying technologies to detect abnormal baby movements in the NICU with accelerometers. Data collection continues as these high risk babies move home with a mobile solution for collecting infant and caregiver observations, sharing this data with their providers, and visualizing and summarizing these data. We are additionally developing a capture and access tool called Estrellita to share data with healthcare providers, close relatives, and friends.

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Posted: 5/9/11 10:00 am UTC by Make the First Comment
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T-Mobile Product Roadmap Roadshow - April 28th, 2011

T-Mobile came by the LUCI lab and Donald Bren Hall and gave a product roadmap presentation for the campus today.
We started with some research presentations:

  1. André van der Hoek talked about using tablets in the classroom and meeting room for creative/design work
  2. Chen Li talked about intelligent mobile search
  3. Steve Voida talked about studying multi-tasking office work instrumented with sensors to understand how work is done throughout the week
  4. Alfred Kobdsa talked about studies of usability of personal navigation devices
  5. Karen Cheng talked about mobile technology for health with high vulnerability low resource populations.
  6. Bill Maurer talked about mobile finance in the developing world

Then T-Mobile, via Kimberly Back, gave us a glimpse of what T-Mobile is up to and what is coming down their product pipeline:

  1. They are currently owned by Deutsche Telekom
  2. Currently T-Mobile has deployed HSPA+ (“21Mbps theoretical” 4G) which is 6-8 Mbps down, 2Mbps up.  Covers 200 million people.
  3. In June SoCal is getting upgraded to HSPA+ (“42Mbps theoretical” 4G) 10-12 Mbps download (on the street, not theoretical), 2Mbps upload.
  4. Those are just speeds from phone to the tower however…
  5. Traditionally telecoms use T1 connections (x6) from tower out…
  6. 90% of T-Mobiles have direct Ethernet out now.  T-Mobile is 12-18 months ahead of AT&T. This is why AT&T wants to buy them.  This is the source of the iPhone speed troubles everything after the tower…
  7. T-Mobile has Wi-Fi based calling for voice (not just data) using standard protocols.  It creates a secure tunnel to T-Mobile data center over Wi-Fi where it is connected to normal phone network.  This works internationally free of charge.
  8. U.S. Market share in 2010: 26% Android, 28% Apple, 25% RIM, 20% other. Android is growing much faster in new purchases, however.
  9. Nokia Astound is coming out with “one of the bigger banks in America” with Near-Field Communications later in the year
  10. 3 new Blackberries coming out, one with Near-Field communications in July.
  11. New 4G Mobile Hotspot came out last week that connects to the HSPA+ 21 network.
  12. Samsung Galaxy was the first tablet device that came out from T-Mobile with Android, but runs Android 2.2 and is falling behind.
  13. Dell Streak is also an existing device running Android 2.2 and is upgradeable to Android Honeycomb because it has a dual-core processor.
  14. A nice slide on tablet comparisons that they are going to forward to us.
  15. They have a tablet that records in 3-D !.  Not even sure what to make of that.
  16. If T-Mobile doesn’t carry it and it takes a SIM card, they can get it through Business Partner Sales.
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Posted: 4/28/11 8:05 pm UTC by Make the First Comment
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LUCI members get many papers accepted by CHI 2011 - January 27th, 2011

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The LUCI lab has had several papers accepted to CHI 2011. The list of accepted works was just released and includes the following by students, researchers, and faculty:

Full Papers:

Situating the Concern for Information Privacy through an Empirical Study of Responses to Video Recording by David Nguyen (LUCI Ph.D.), Aurora Bedford and Alex Bretana (Informatics undergrads) and Gillian R. Hayes (LUCI faculty)

Unpacking Exam-Room Computing: Negotiating Computer-Use in Patient-Physician Interactions by Yunan Chen (LUCI faculty), Victor Ngo and Sidney Harrison (Informatics Masters students) and Victoria Duong (UCI undergrad).

Comparing Activity Theory with Distributed Cognition for Video Analysis: Beyond “Kicking the Tires.” by Eric Baumer (former LUCI post-doc) and Bill Tomlinson (LUCI faculty)

Infrastructures for low-cost laptop use in Mexican schools
Ruy Cervantes (Informatics Ph.D.), Mark Warschauer (Ed. Dept.), Bonnie Nardi (LUCI Faculty), and Nithya Sambasivan (Informatics Ph.D.)

Designing a Phone Broadcasting System for Urban Sex Workers in India
Nithya Sambasivan (Informatics Ph.D.) and Ed Cutrell (Microsoft)

Classroom-Based Assistive Technology: Collective Use of Interactive Visual Schedules by Students with Autism
Meg Cramer (LUCI Ph.D.), Sen Hirano (LUCI M.S.), Monica Tentori (UABC), Michael Yeganyan (LUCI M.S.), and Gillian R. Hayes (LUCI Faculty)

Homebrew Databases: Complexities of Everyday Information Management in Nonprofit Organizations
Amy Voida (Informatics PostDoc), Ellie Harmon (LUCI Ph.D.), Ban Al-Ani (Informatics Faculty)

Why Do I Keep Interrupting Myself?: Environment, Habit and Self-Interruption
Laura Dabbish (CMU), Gloria Mark (Informatics Faculty), Victor Gonzalez, (ITAM)

Refraining from Technological Intervention by by Eric Baumer (former LUCI post-doc) and Six Silberman (former LUCI Ph.D. Student)

Congratulations
Alex, Aurora, Bill, David, Eric, Gillian, Sidney, Six, Victor, Yunan, Ruy, Bonnie, Nithya, Meg, Sen, Monica, Michael, Amy, Ellie, Ban, and Gloria!

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Posted: 1/27/11 7:36 pm UTC by Add Your Comment
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LUCI has 8 (!) papers accepted to CSCW - November 12th, 2010

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The LUCI lab will have a tremendous showing at CSCW 2011. The list of accepted works was just released and includes the following by grad students and faculty:

Full Papers:

“We will never forget you [online]”: An empirical investigation of post-mortem MySpace comments by Jed R. Brubaker (LUCI grad student), Gillian R. Hayes (LUCI faculty)

SELECT * FROM USER: Infrastructure and Socio-technical Representation by Jed R. Brubaker (LUCI grad student), Gillian R. Hayes (LUCI faculty)

Improving Communication and Social Support for Caregivers of High-Risk Infants through Mobile Technologies by Leslie S. Liu (LUCI grad student), Sen H. Hirano (LUCI grad student), Monica Tentori (LUCI post-doc), Karen G. Cheng (Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science), Sheba George (Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science), Sunyoung Park (LUCI grad student), Gillian R. Hayes (LUCI faculty)

The Values of Data: Considering the Context of Production in Data Economies by Janet Vertesi (Princeton University), Paul Dourish (LUCI faculty)

Social Mechanisms and Technological Affordances for Building Trust: ICT Use By Civilians in a Warzone by Bryan Semaan (Informatics grad student), Gloria Mark (Informatics faculty)

Notes:

Health Information Use in Chronic Care Cycles by Yunan Chen (LUCI faculty)

Forget Online Communities? Revisit Cooperative Work! by Yong Ming Kow (Informatics grad student), Bonnie Nardi (LUCI faculty)

What Do My Buddies Choose?: Informing Privacy Preferences with Social Navigation by Sameer Patil (former LUCI grad student), Xinru Page (Informatics grad student), Alfred Kobsa (Informatics faculty)

Congratulations
Jed, Gillian, Leslie, Sen, Monica Tentori, Karen, Sheba, Sunyoung, Bryan, Gloria, Yunan, Janet, Paul, Yong Ming, Bonnie, Sameer, Xinru and Alfred!

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Posted: 11/12/10 4:24 pm UTC by Add Your Comment
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Involuntary Gesture Recognition for Predicting Cerebral Palsy in High-Risk Infants - July 21st, 2010

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Congratulations to former Informatics visiting scholar Mohan Singh and Informatics Faculty Member Donald J. Patterson on having their paper accepted to the IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers
‘Involuntary Gesture Recognition for Predicting Cerebral Palsy in High-Risk Infants’

Abstract:In this paper we describe a system that leverages accelerometers to recognize a particular involuntary gesture in babies that have been born preterm. These gestures, known as cramped-synchronized general movements, have been shown to be highly correlated with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy. In order to test our system we recorded data from 10 babies admitted to the newborn intensive care unit at the UCI Medical Center. We applied machine learning techniques to features based on their data and were able to obtain high accuracies on this cohort. Validated video observation annotations were utilized as ground truth. Finally, we conducted an analysis to understand the basis of the algorithmic predictions.

Congratulations Mohan, and Don!

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Posted: 7/21/10 3:59 pm UTC by Make the First Comment
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Sensecam goes public for a mere $720.00 - May 28th, 2010

Sensecam

Sensecam

“Vicon Revue [http://www.viconrevue.com] is the commercial reincarnation of Microsoft’s Sensecam concept: a wearable digital camera that is designed to take photographs passively, without user intervention, while it is being worn. Its purpose is to support life-loggers wanting to track and document their everyday movements as digital memories. In combination with other physical sensors or additional image-recognition algorithms, the potential opportunities are enormous.”

via information aesthetics

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Posted: 5/28/10 6:00 am UTC by Make the First Comment
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