There are three partners in this Center for Pervasive Computing research project
– Aahus University, IBM Denmark, and Aalborg Hospital. The overall objective
is to investigate how to develop and use mobile technology together with the IBM
Electronic Patient Record.
Objectives and Organization
The clinical objective is to investigate how we can support the mobility of clinical
personnel and what the technological possibilities and limitations are. The commercial
objective is to develop a ‘proof-of-concept’ for how to add mobile
support to the IBM medical record and to investigate the feasibility of offering
this mobility support to other IBM customers. The scientific objective of this
project is to (i) study how clinicians use an electronic patient record on a day-to-day
basis, (ii) to design, implement, and evaluate how a thin mobile client, with
wireless access plays out in a hospital setting, and (iii) to design a novel contribution
for user interfaces for small, handheld devices with limited screen size.
The project is organized with a steering committee representing all three
partners and one common project manager.
The project is divided into 3 subprojects:
- A study of the use of an electronic patient record at a department at Aalborg
- Design, implementation, and evaluation of a thin client, wireless mobile
access to the EPR. This is a proof-of-concept for a limited part of the functionality
in the EPR.
- Design and partly implementation of a novel user-interface technique for
small, handheld devices with limited screen size.
The expected results of the project are:
- An understanding of the consequences of implementing the EPR within a hospital.
Aalborg Hospital has been using the IBM EPR for almost a year now, and this gives
us a splendid opportunity to investigate what actually happens when clinicians
goes from paper-based to electronic patient records. Such a study has not been
conducted in Denmark before.
- A proof-of-concept for how to create thin client access for mobile devices
to the IBM record. The challenge is to create a server-side architecture that
automatically detects and adapt its output to the requesting clients screen and
- An evaluation of the effect of implementing mobile support for clinicians
as opposed to only having desktop PC as today.
- The design, implementation, and evaluation of a novel user-interface technique
for small handheld devices.
Experiences will be communicated continuously in terms of workshops, prototype
session, reports, and scientific papers.
The project runs for 1 year from 1st September 2001 to 1st September 2002.
Researchers from the area of CSCW, HCI, New ways of Working, and Object Technology
are involved in the project. Furthermore, a master thesis student is associated
with the project.