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Designing a Smart Watch Interface for a Notification and Communication System for Nursing Homes

  • Haneen Ali
  • Huiyang LiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9754)

Abstract

Among the unique challenges faced by nursing homes is poor communication and notification. An analysis of the work system showed that a mobile device-based system that rely less on auditory display is promising. We proposed a smartwatch interface as part of communication and notification system for nursing homes. A user-centered design approach was adopted in the design and evaluation of the interface. The application integrates call light system, chair and bed alarms, wander guard, and calling for help functions and uses multi-modal interfaces to provide informative alarms for nursing home staff. Through a process of iterative testing and refinement with prospective users (through cognitive walkthrough, heuristic evaluation and usability testing of low-fidelity prototypes), a final design was well received by nursing experts in geriatric care and at local nursing homes. The effects of the system will be tested in the future using a high-fidelity prototype through simulation experiment.

Keywords

Nursing homes Smartwatch Interface 

Notes

Acknowledgement

The authors would like to thank the participants for their time and help. We would also like to thank Dr. Ann Myers and the administrative staff at the nursing homes for their advice and support. This work was supported by Binghamton University’s Interdisciplinary Collaboration Grants (Project No. 1119297).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

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