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Medicine meets engineering in cooperative design of collaborative decision-supportive system
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4200-6385
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8200-2418
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9804-157X
2010 (English)In: IEEE 23rd International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), Perth, WA: IEEE conference proceedings, 2010, 116-121 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Researchers in Human-Computer Interaction have worked together with physicians to specify and create prototypes of a system to be used primarily during multi-disciplinary team meetings. Physicians will use the system to aggregate and present relevant patient information during discussions on diagnosis and treatment, and also to coordinate the cases during the patient care pathway. In this paper we present the cooperative design process and activities conducted within the project. The results are two-fold; we report on the progress of creating the decision-supportive system, and describe how the physicians experience the design process. The design activities have made the physicians reflect on: the lack or loss of patient information, how patient information can be improved, break-downs in their work process, how they learn from each other, and the design methodology itself.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Perth, WA: IEEE conference proceedings, 2010. 116-121 p.
Keyword [en]
Collaboration, Conferences, Hospitals, Human computer interaction, Prototypes, Surgery
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Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-48755DOI: 10.1109/CBMS.2010.6042625ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80055071299OAI: diva2:458510
CBMS 2010
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1. Case-based presentation in medical multidisciplinary team meetings: Applied research in CSCW and IxD
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Case-based presentation in medical multidisciplinary team meetings: Applied research in CSCW and IxD
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Advanced medical technology is widely used in modern healthcare, as more and more specialised examinations and treatments are performed on patients. In the case of particularly complex diseases, a number of medical specialists, each an expert in their own field, must collaboratively make diagnoses and plan for treatment. In multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTM), the medical specialists present their pieces of the puzzle, stitch them together and in consensus make a decision. A large amount of information from several sources must be taken into account, but the digital tools to support this decision-making are lacking.

This thesis describes research in which engineers and medical specialists have cooperatively developed such a tool. The main research question concerns improving patient information visualisation to support the collaborative work in MDTMs; a secondary question concerns the role of interaction design in medical work. Several design activities have been conducted together with the medical specialists by utilising research methods derived from computer- supported cooperative work (CSCW) and interaction design (IxD). The new tool has been evaluated in two simulated MDTMs and even though it was developed with the users, the results cut both ways.

Case-based presentation of patients in MDTMs has a positive effect, as more information can be displayed during discussions. It helps the participants keep a shared focus on the patient, her medical history, results from examinations, and decisions made in the meeting. It is a new and aggregated view of the patient and an example of how patient information visualisation can be improved. On the other hand introducing new technology and new ways of interacting with information, in the meetings was not considered entirely positive. The participants have different roles and tasks in the meeting, and the tools should support these without distracting the shared focus.

This practical way of working (conducting field studies, design activities and evaluations) together with ingenious medical specialists can make a difference. By exploring and concretising stakeholders’ needs and making long-term commitments, the interaction designer can take a central position in the deve- lopment of digital, collaborative tools for medical work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. viii, 77 p.
Trita-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2013:04
National Category
Human Computer Interaction
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-119810 (URN)978-91-7501-680-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-04-19, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH, Stockholm, 13:15 (English)

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Available from: 2013-03-26 Created: 2013-03-22 Last updated: 2013-03-26Bibliographically approved

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