CareWear: A Wearable for Enhancing Coordination of Caregivers

Group 10, Videoprototype, WS1617

After sorting out and summarizing our information, we focused on improving the coordination between nurses, as we discovered a lack of it. Our finished result is the creation of a new and innovative wearable, which every nurse wears around his/her wrist. The simulated device is pretty simple and yet still extraordinary. In the next step, we will demonstrate how our gadget works.

To begin with, let’s pretend we have the following story line: a patient is in urgent need i.e. has a stroke, is about to faint or is in some other critical situation. Therefore, the patient pushes the emergency button. Once the emergency button is pressed, a notification is being sent to all the wearables of the nurses. On those wearables it is shown that a certain patient has pushed the emergency button. Moreover, the screen will show all the important vital parameters of the user. Furthermore, it will enable a nurse to push the “accept” button and notify the rest of the nurses that the patient is already being taken care of.

We see a lot of benefits for our device. For instance, the improvement of coordinating nurses, as we discovered that there is a lack of organization between them. In addition, the wearable is suitable to wear as well as easy to deal with. Furthermore, it gives patients a higher certainty regarding their treatment. They are being notified that their emergency call has been accepted and keeps them more calm.

Focusing on our next steps, our team should consider an evaluation of the necessity regarding patients as we weren’t able to interview them.

Smart emergency notifications for nurses

Concept, Group 10, WS1617

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During our user research we came across many issues which had a potential for improvement. We sorted out the information and summarized it. Finally, our group came to the conclusion to improve the working process of nurses. Our solution is a new and innovative watch, which every nurse wears around his/her wrist. Let’s pretend we have the following scenario: a patient is in urgent need and pushes the emergency button. Once the emergency button is pressed, a notification is being sent to all the nurse smart watches that a certain patient has pushed the emergency button.

Moreover, the watch screen will show all the important vital parameters of the patient. Furthermore, it will enable a nurse to „accept“ the patient und notify the rest of the nurses that the patient is already being taken care of.

Summing up, our innovation is not only a benefit for nurses but also for patients. It gives them a bigger certainty regarding their treatment and for nurses to coordinate better and avoid wasting time.

First Steps into Medicine and Its Devices

Group 10, User Research, WS1617

We dedicated the recent three days to the user research phase of our studies within the area of e-health. We managed to carry out interviews with different people in the medical field. In these interviews we focused mainly on the daily workflow, the technical equipment used in this field and the problems which medical staff encounter using these devices in their work.

We had the opportunity to speak to two nurses, a dentist, an emergency worker and a psychiatrist/psychotherapist. Most of them were rather satisfied with the technologies used, for them they not only ease the work but also save time and energy. However, our interview partners face some issues such as technical complexity, data security, high prices and great care needed when handling these devices.

With all the information we have gathered, we would like to isolate one of the encountered problems and provide ideas for its possible solution.