Usability Study on Mobile Processes Enabling Remote Therapeutic Interventions

Schickler, Marc and Pryss, Rüdiger and Schlee, Winfried and Probst, Thomas and Langguth, Bertholf and Schobel, Johannes and Reichert, Manfred (2018) Usability Study on Mobile Processes Enabling Remote Therapeutic Interventions. In: 31th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS 2018), June 18 - 21, 2018, Karlstad, Sweden.

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Many studies have revealed that therapeutic homework is beneficial for the efficacy of therapies. Interestingly, the latter have been less supported by IT systems so far and, hence, therapeutic opportunities have been neglected. For example, mobile devices can be used to notify patients about assigned homework and help them to accomplish it in a timely manner. In general, the use of mobile devices as well as their sensors seem to be promising for the support of remote therapeutic interventions. In the Albatros project, we have been developing a framework that enables domain experts to flexibly define the homework required in the context of a remote therapeutic intervention. More precisely, the various tasks of a homework can be specified as a mobile process, which is then run on the mobile device of the respective patient. To realize this vision, a configurator component using a model-driven approach was developed. In particular, the Albatros configurator shall relieve domain experts from complex technical issues when defining a homework. The study presented in this paper investigates whether domain experts are actually able to use the configurator component. In particular, the study revealed three insights. First, basic interventions can be easily defined with an acceptable number of errors. Second, for defining complex interventions (e.g., using a sensor when performing an exercise) several issues could be identified that will contribute to improve the Albatros configurator. Third, additional studies are needed to evaluate the overall mental effort of domain experts when using the configurator. Altogether, the Albatros framework may be a reasonable alley to empower domain experts in creating homework in the context of remote therapeutic interventions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: DBIS Research > Publications
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science > Institute of Databases and Informations Systems > DBIS Research and Teaching > DBIS Research > Publications
Depositing User: Herr Marc Schickler
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2018 08:36
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2018 13:39

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