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Phase 1 Problems and Issues

Project Group 1

Allyn, Sana, Kapil, Deeparajam

  • Better Lighting (to reduce stress / improve patient/staff experience)
  • Positive Distraction for Patients (while in the waiting room, or the whole process?! things to do? self service options?)
  • Hospital Waste Management

Project Group 2

Malek, Fahad, Jessica, Gokul

  • Noise Reduction (in different area of ED)
  • Way Finding (helping patients find their way through the ER)
  • Improvements to the Triage Process/Triage room/types design (what are the opportunities for improvements?)

Project Group 3

Chung, Sushama, Brandon

  • Bed Management / Circulation (problem of beds and seats in hallway)
  • Surge Management (managing too many patients and fewer beds, which ER in which hospital should one go to to have less wait time? etc)
  • Document and Records Management, Technology Improvements (automation of manual processes, efficiency, effectiveness?)

Project Group 4

Kelly, Vijay, Dan

  • Family Amenities (making the family's experience a good one, what's needed for the family?)
  • Patient Education (Information about self care, process or procedures to be performed)
  • Epidemic / Disaster Planning / need for Mobile ER? (in the event of disaster, how would the ER transform and face the challenges?)

Project Group 5

Hyorim, Caroline, Sarah

  • Patient Information (wait time for door to triage, and door to doc, etc)
  • Improving Patient Privacy (whicle maintaing process transparency for care and management, and efficiency and effectiveness or care processes)
  • ER Relations with the Rest of the Hospital (process, adjacency, zones, etc)

Project Group 6

Neil, Becky, Alicia

  • Flow/Throughput (process management and acces throughout the ER experience, time spent, clinical coordination, etc)
  • Improving the Registration-Triage Sequence (making it more efficient, how are registration and triage related?, how

does registration impact triage?, what about the bottlenecks and legal issues?)

  • Patient-Centered Design (Improving the layout of the ER to facilitate Patient-Centered Care? what does it mean)

Project Group 7

Girish, Denis, Bao

  • Inventory Management (ensuring ready availability of hospital supplies, locations, stocking routine, estate tracking, shift and responsibilities)
  • Reduction of Transfers (reducing the number of times a patient is transferred from one place to the other)
  • Stress Reduction (for patient, family or staff?)

Phase II Defining Problems and Inventing Innovations

Effective Triage Spaces

Becky Halcik, Kapil Raj Nair, Brandon Thompson

This project will explore the issues in triage space to address acuity adaptability, patient volume, clinician responsibility and meeting regulatory requirements.

'Patient Self - Service Innovations'

Neil Alicia, and Hyungsin will investigate patient self registration, bio-sign monitoring, distraction, learning about procedure and process, as well as managing follow-up appointments, payment or even discharge information through the medium or form factors of kiosk, information board, interactive tables or other display modalities.

10/29/2008 Presentation

   * Presentation file: Leaf Technology Group File:LeafTechGroup.pdf
   * Budget file File:HS 8803 budget.doc
   * Space for demo: marked in the universal room

'Persoanl Waiting Room Assitant'

Deepa, Hyorim Park and Jessica will explore ways of delivering information about wait time or other experience for improving waiting room experience.

10/29/2008 Presentation

   * Presentation file: File:Personal Waiting Room Assistant.ppt
   * Budget file:File:Budget PWRA.doc    
   * Space for demo: marked in the universal room

Improving Patient Experience in Treatment Rooms

Allyn Rippin, Caroline Castellino, Sushama (Sue) Bhat

Improve overall treatment room experience for patients and patients' families by addressing aspects of the physical environment. Goals are to decrease stress, create a sense of control over the situation for the patient, and reduce boredom by creating positive distraction.

Aftercare Support System Design

Girish Venkatesh, Vijay and Sana

Connecting Patients and Families

Team Members: Daniel Bailey, Sarah Hilton, Kelly Miller

Current Problem:

Our Solution: Love Bug - Robotic divice that allows patients and families to have a physical connection in the Emergency Department. The device allows patients and families to "hold hands." Touch Screen Video Display

'Emergency Department Universal Room: Lighting

Malek Bessaad and Bao (Kelly) To

'Transformable and Transformative Universal ED Patient Room'

Denis, Fahad and Chung

2008.10.09 presentation media:2008.10.09.pdf

2008.10.28 Presentation media:Project_Idea_2008.10.28.pdf

$$$: Need help and advices please...!

space: Already reserved as Universal Room.

Phase 3 Final Project

Please add 1. title of your project, 2. short description of your project (3-4 sentences max), member names, and one representativ picture of the project (preferrably high resolution, you can upload both a thumbnail and a larger image, and upload it)

Care on Rail: Extendable Adaptable Sliders

Team AKM Members

Fahad Al-Emam

Chung-Lun Kuo

Denis Masse.

Project Description

Our project aims at extending the functionality of the ER & OR by enabling it to provide different types of care without the burden of setup and tear down of each individual room. Our design is intended to alleviate the clutter of multiple equipment, that take up space and possibly hinder the care givers functions, by abstracting a common set of resources that instead are provided from a slider running on a rail. As a result, the rooms will become easier for care givers to navigate and the technicians to setup, operate, and maintain.






Mpower: The New Patient Lifeline

by Caroline Castellino, Sushama Bhat and Allyn Rippin.

ER treatment rooms can often be an isolating, stress-inducing and dehumanizing experience for patients. This innovative bedside device is designed to connect, engage and empower the “stranded” patient. With its colorful, easy-to-use interface, this universal remote allows patients to quickly access information about his or her care and control the ambient environment while providing a soothing, interactive experience with nature.


Triar: The Triage Chair

Team Members: Becky Halcik, Kapil Raj Nair, & Brandon Thompson

Current Problem: The triage space is not functionally designed to efficiently meet the needs of the process specifically with medical equipment integration.

Our Solution: Triar – The Triage Chair: “Process Defining Furniture” Integrating the triage processes into one space. A mobile, reclining chair capable of taking vital signs, temperature, and weight, equipped with oxygen storage, infusion stand, IV/blood sample tray and EKG compatible.


Open SpaceSM by Leaf Technologies Group

Open SpaceSM by Leaf Technologies Group

Open SpaceSM provides a multimedia interactive screen that can be used to play educational videos, display important messages, and communicate with friends, family and healthcare providers. Not only will this communication centered tool provide a new patient-provider dynamic in the emergency room, we propose to leverage a new business model for self-service and provider generated content (e.g. YouTube or Wikipedia).

  • we use superscript for our logo. Please use our doc file for our description. *

Team members: Hyungsin Kim, Neil W Russell , Alicia Sanchez





Aftercare Support System

Team Members: Girish Venkatesh, Sana Khan, Vijay Ramnath Jayaraman

Project Description: One of the main problems faced by the ER today is that the patients leave the hospital without comprehension of discharge diagnosis which commonly results in :-

  • Patients not adhering to the medical advice.
  • Ineffective follow ups.

We aim to mitigate this problem by using an interactive discharge table that provides information about the patient's health as well as an option for alerts in order to have better follow ups.


Personal Waiting Room Assistant

Team Members: Jessica Nance, Hyorim Park, Deepa Rajan

Project Description: Our Personal ER Assistant is a device that will help to expedite the registration process, get some initial vitals from the patient, teach the patients about the wait that they may experience and what will happen while they are in the ER and also provide positive distraction for the patients while they wait in the waiting room.


Balek Lighting: Integrated Lighting System

Team Members: Bao To, Malek Bessad
Problem: (1) Poor lighting in the emergency treatment room hinders healthcare staff from providing quality care. (2) Lighting system does not provide a healing environment for the patient.
Solution: An integrated lighting system, the Balek System, that would provide clear and bright lights for working and provide ambient, diffuse lighting for patients while in waiting.



Team Members: Daniel Bailey, Sarah Hilton, Kelly Miller

Current Problem: Patients in the Emergency Department are often separated from family members which can lead to them feeling alone and standed.

Our Solution: Love Bug - Robotic divice that allows patients and families to have a physical connection in the Emergency Department. The device allows patients and families to "hold hands." Touch Screen Video Display


Final Project Report

Each team should have a final project web site that includes (project name, project presentation slides, poster and brochure files, and the full report)

TRIAR: The Triage Chair

BALEK LIGHTING: An Integrated Lighting System

CARE ON RAIL: Extendable Adaptable Sliders

Mpower: The New Patient Lifeline

Aftercare Support System Design


Open Space

Personal Waiting Room Assistant