After doing our research for the last days it became clear to us that documentation and paperwork in hospitals could be managed a lot easier and faster. So we asked ourselves the question how we might reduce and accelerate documentation effort for doctors. As a result we introduce our prototype called Medipad.
The Medipad is an innovative tablet which is supplied with a very useful add-on. This add-on makes it possible to still write on a sheet of paper, yet the things which were written down are getting digitalized immediately. Thereby also other doctors can inspect the digital patient record straightaway and can move on with the treatment of the patient unconditionally. Doctors do not have to search for the right patient record anymore, as long as they have their Medipad with them.
So as you might have recognized, the benefits which arise from using the Medipad are that you will not lose the haptic feeling of writing on paper, nevertheless data is distributed wireless and very fast. Furthermore the recorded data will be instantly digitalized in a centralized data storage. All in all you can say that doctors can save a lot of time which can be used better in patient care.
The Medipad is an easy transition into digitalization which hopefully will be accepted by the medical staff in hospitals. To ascertain that, we definitely should do a survey so we can see whether it is well received in reality, or if not, how it could be improved.
For the last couple of days we focused on developing our final concept by analyzing the data collected in our user research. For that various ideation tools were provided. We discovered that handwritten documentation is still very common in hospitals, sometimes they even have to document things twice because they also have to digitalize the paperwork. This causes a huge time loss. To mitigate this loss of time we came up with the idea of a digital clipboard.
By using this device, the handwriting of a doctor on a sheet of paper gets digitalized immediately and transferred to the patient file on the integrated tablet directly. As a result of that you will not lose the familiar haptic feeling of writing on a sheet of paper and save a lot of time. Furthermore colleagues can proceed with the entered patient data immediately as shown in our storyboard.
This years topic is E-health services, ideas on smart diagnostics and increased patient awareness. So we did a lot of brainstorming, and decided to narrow down our user group to hospitals and emergency medical services. We contacted many people and got some promising interview partners from different medical areas, including a trauma surgeon, a paramedic, two graduating students and an assisting doctor.
Overall the interviews were very interesting, and we gathered a lot of insights about the daily and stressful routines in hospitals and potential problem areas. For example, the documentation and communication systems seem to be very outdated.
Every interview partner has been helpful in describing specific and general needs in their profession. Everyone was very open minded towards technical progress in the near future. To sum up the willingness for change is definitely there. So now we are very motivated and curious to develop concepts to fulfill these needs. We are looking forward to the next phase in the seminar, where we are going to analyze and evaluate our gathered data.