Our final product the “Holo Medic” is a system to improve the communication between doctors and rescue assistants. It allows doctors to see the accident through the eyes of the rescue assistant and let’s them debate about further steps to help the patient. You could say it’s a one way video with a two way audio call. In our video prototype we realised this concept with a HoloLens but it could be done with most head-mounted displays that are capable to process audio and video in real time. For the transmission we planed on using the telecommunication infrastructure, because in times of LTE sending a video stream in decent quality isn’t a problem anymore.
As one might already see one of the biggest improvements would be that the doctor can see the injuries right at the place of accident and would be better prepared for a possible surgery. Another big improvement would be the direct communication between doctor and rescue assistant so the doctor can advise the assistant to properly take care of the victim. The last enhancement is the ability to show additional information like a navigation system to get to the accident faster or information about the patient like previous injuries or allergies on the display.
The next step would be to make some more iterations of the methods we learned to further refine our concept. Afterwards we have to complete the implementation of the user interface and establish a communication end point for the doctors.
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.
Our team is very excited to present to you this video prototype of our solution, Medicon.
Medicon is an accessible service which allows medical and healthcare professionals to select from various types of ready-made and extensively curated informative content. Such content includes, but is not limited to, articles, explanation videos and infographics.
With these at hand, experts may compile any and all information relevant to a patient’s diagnosis into a comprehensive e-pamphlet, which may then be made available through an automatically generated QR-Code. Once a patient is in possession of said code, they may access this pamphlet from anywhere, at any time they wish, allowing them to fully inform themselves about every aspect of their respective condition.
The pamphlet itself is tied into our Medicon application, which offers easy navigation and perusal of the information specifically selected for the patient, but also additional advice and other pertinent data.
Sections of Medicon covers a large amount of topics such as causes, prevention, progression and available treatments, among many others, for common and rare medical conditions of all kinds. Not only does this breadth of knowledge help to alleviate patient anxiety, but is also capable of aiding significantly in ensuring a successful and swift recovery process by enabling patients to avoid detrimental behavior and better comply with instructions by medical personnel.
Finally, while our solution would have apparent and tangible benefits in its current form, it is far from a finished product ready for the market. Future efforts would be focused toward creating a prototype directly usable in real life situations and allowing medical staff to test it extensively. It is absolutely essential to incorporate user feedback through several iterations to improve overall usability and deliver a product that noticeably improves the quality of life of its users.
We hope you enjoyed following our progress throughout this workshop!
After a thorough analysis of our research data we came to the conclusion that the info point at the Münchner Freiheit has a lot of potential. However only few people have actually used it due to its underwhelming service offer. Therefore we were concerned with “How might we improve the functionality of the system?”. Our final concept “Info Point of Love” represents our answer to this question. It is an evolution of the original Info Point thanks to the addition of further functionality such as search, navigation and connectivity.
A search bar at the top of the screen allows the user to search for street names or public places. After hitting the search button a navigation feature pops up. It displays the fastest route to the destination by public transportation. The new visualization of information include popular and important spots. In addition the user may choose from several transportation means to get directions. At the bottom of the screen a connectivity feature is visible which provides three options to download the directions to a connected phone without the need of an app to be installed.
This combination of features takes non-app users into account and should attract many new people because it allows e.g. foreigners to get directions without the need of any mobile-data or phone at all. Further the visualization helps users to get a better understanding about the surroundings.
The next step for this project would be to set up these info points in all mass-transit places around Munich. This ensures that the “Info Point of Love” can help as many people as possible. Additional features like gesture control (for better hygiene) could be added over time as well.
Initially, we tried to identify potential access points to improve rail replacement services in Munich. User research indicated that rail replacement worked well enough in cases when it was planned beforehand, but not so much in unprepared situations.
While the public transportation systems suggest alternative routes if a problem arises in downtown Munich, passengers in the suburbs often do not have alternatives other than to wait for an indefinite time. Closing in on the user group of people who are stranded at a train station without any clear option to continue their trip, our group developed the concept of an app to enable group travelling.
The app registers the current location and the destination of each passenger. It then groups people together according to this information, striving to cluster destinations in the same proximity. After organizing a meeting spot, its further features allow the group to collectively organize private transportation.
The app offers different variables to be influenced by users:
How close potential group members should be located (in meters or kilometers)
How close group members’ destination should be located
Which mode of transportation should be used (e.g. taxi, different car sharing companies,..)
The next step would be to integrate the different service providers in the process to enable quick transportation and address the question of financing the trip via the public transportation ticket.
The benefit of this app is the cooperation of different transportation services to enable efficient travelling, not only in cases of emergency, but also in any other case when there are more travelers than means of public transportation.
Readify is a smartphone and desktop application designed for volunteer firefighters. It helps to coordinate and organize forces needed. Readify notifies the firefighters – they are then able to confirm whether or not they are coming to the fire department. The coordinator in the fire station is able to live-track the firefighters.
– Information about the operation (e.g. house fire)
– Number of required firefighters
– Number of arrived firefighters
We’ve been to the local police department. From the base of our research we developed a new concept for a handhold radio communication interface.
We discovered the following main problems:
* finding the right target in a list, e.g. the right frequency group,
* finding the right functions in a menu structure with high complexity and
* getting the current status of the system right.
From that we focused on the structure of the main menu.
We designed a few different functions for the interface of our so called PoliFon – a police radio communication system:
* a shock-resistant hardcase with a built-in touchscreen of high robustness,
* a long-life battery,
* a function to search all functions and contents from the main menu and
* fast access buttons on the left side of the hardware, next to the push-to-talk button to
manage the display lightning, sound and profiles
This invention leads to following benefits:
* less teaching courses,
* fast access in cases of emergency and
* handling without previous knowledge.