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First Phase: Explorations of problem identification, principles and proposals

Each person should create a login first.

Please add your team name here, and add project members in the team page, and a short description of (1) why the project team name is chosen, (2) what are the shared interests and focus are of your team.

  • Example Project zero

Second Phase: final project proposals and team member assignments

  • Thanks for everybody’s hard work. We have achieved great progress in the project presentation. Based on the voting of our visitor nurses, professors and the survey results from the class, eight projects were selected as the final potential projects. The projects are roughly based on the projects from the presentation. But the professors and nurses have integrated several projects together, and including new ideas to be included and explored for each project.
  • Each person please read all 8 project descriptions carefully, and then please sign up for 3 projects that you would like to work on. For the project team to work efficiently, each project would have no more than 3 team members (one is too lonely, two can start to have collaboration and three can break a tie when there is disagreement!)
  • The cut off time for you to sign up for a project would be Monday 12:00 pm noon. Then the professors would discuss and try to find the best match for each team, with the balance of expertise, different disciplinary backgrounds, and person's preference as indicated in the project team page below.

Project 1 - Virtual Environment Simulation

  • Introduction: This project is to create a virtual environment to test wayfinding strategies and training users in wayfinding. It can be involved in the design process that allows designers to test the effectiveness of wayfinding and of other design proposals. It can also serve as a training tool for staff and family members to facilitate their wayfinding behavior. This was new to the nurses and administrators and they were quite enthusiastic.
  • Things to consider: The interior plan has not been finalized yet. We may need to update the virtual environment constantly according to the change of design. We should think about how this might be used at various stages of the design process and for final wayfinding training.
  Virtual Environment Simulation team

Project 2 - Interactive Waiting Room (furniture, play, family)

  • Introduction: This project is to create an interactive, educational and fun environment for kids. At the same time, the waiting room should be flexible and informative to meet different needs of different users. The consideration will include flexible furniture design, such as adjustable chair and modular dinosaur chair. The design should also consider how to include information in the design of waiting room.
  • Things to consider: The durability and infection control will be two important issues that have to bear in mind during the design of waiting room. The nurses especially mentioned the wear and tear caused by obese patients and family members and the need for low maintenance requirements.
  Interactive Waiting Room Team

Project 3 - Microsoft Surface---Touch Screen Computer Interaction

  • Introduction: The idea of using Microsoft surface in healthcare itself is fascinating. It is a fun and interactive tool, which seems to have a lot of potential applications. The project has proposed to use the Microsoft Surface to identify different medicines and help self-medication and empower the patients. There are many other potential applications of Microsoft Surface that needs to explore. For technology part, the low tech version can be achieved by using RFID as the substitute as the Microsoft surface.
  • Things to consider: It is a project starting from an interesting solution. The focus is to find out the perfect match between the problems in Hughes Spalding and the fun solution. It might be possible to have a Microsoft Surface loaned to the project but other interim solutions should be considered.
  Tabletop Computing

Project 4 - Process and Environment Simulation (ER and Others)

  • Introduction: This project proposes an innovative idea about Emergency Room simulation tool to facilitate the process and patient flow in ER.
  • Things to consider: Think about physical environment as well: sizes, designs, adjacencies, views, etc.. Try to integrate the optimal patient flow simulation and the physical environment together.
  Process Simulation Team

Project 5 - Hand-washing, Infection Control

  • Introduction: This project focuses on an important issue---hand-washing in infection control. The group has proposed both the RFID tracking system and the “color me clean” approach as a solution to facilitate handwashing. Both the solutions will remind the care givers to wash their hands, either audibly or visually.
  • Things to consider: It would be nice to combine both the high-tech and low-tech together to provide a safer healthcare environment. It is important to study in detail what clinicians do as they enter patient and treatment rooms and why they do not wash their hands. Also, it is important to remember that this is most an outpatient ambulatory project.
  Hand Washing Infection Control Team

Project 6 - Telemedicine, Home Care, Self Medication

  • Introduction: Telemedicine is an important direction of healthcare in the future. This project identified the importance of using telemedicine to provide remote monitoring and self-management of chronic decease, thus reduce the unnecessary hospital visit. The focus of the project is to provide a user-friendly interface for chronic decease such as asthma, that can both implemented in hospital and patients’ home.
  • Things to consider: As a broad term, telemedicine covers a wide range of issues. It will be helpful to identify what are the focuses of telemedicine in the Hughes Spalding Hospital context. It may cover both the control center in the hospital and the remote monitor at homecare (e.g. cell phone message etc.).
  Telemedicin and Home Care Team

Project 7 - Room Messaging Information (Board or others)

  • Introduction: An information board is a great idea to provide a more transparent patient-centered care environment. It will help the patients and family members involve into the care process and relieve their anxiety and stress as well. It will combine audio and visual information together to make the information more accessible to patients and family members. It may be used as a media for care team collaboration as well.
  • Things to consider: Think more about the media of the information board. Nurses have pointed out that “room messaging” may be an efficient way to deliver information to patients. The content of the information board is important as well. The information may include procedures, tools and even rules of hospital.
  Room Messaging Team

Project 8 - Wayfinding Design (navigation, interface, signage)

  • Introduction: This project focuses on the overall wayfinding strategy, such as landmarks, signs and multiple languages etc. The challenge would be how to make the medical norms and terms easy to understand, both to adult and kids’ level. Another challenge would be how to reconstruct the signage system to response to the constant changes in hospital arrangement, as functions, offices, etc., move around.
  • Things to consider: Wayfinding is a broad issue. Try to focus on a few difficult problems and solve them, especially in the Hughes Spalding Hospital context.
  Wayfinding Design Team

Third Phase

Each team please edit/change the project name as appropriate, and list all the team members!!!

Project 1 - Virtual Environment Simulation

brief description: This project is to develop a virtual model creation process to interactively aid in the design, build, and realization phase of a hospital construction process. It allows designers to test the effectiveness of wayfinding and of other design proposals. It can also serve as a training tool for staff and family members to facilitate their wayfinding behavior.

Team Members

Joe Riley

Yi Lu


Project 2 - Family Information Recreation Space Transition (FIRST) - Interactive Waiting Room

Definition of Problem Space

The project is to revamp the traditional waiting room in Children Hospital. The mission is to make it a "Family Information Recreation Space Transit". We will make the boring experience fun and informative at the same time.

Team Members

Evan Zasoski

Hui Cai

Stephanie Nguyen

Project 3 - Tabletop Computing

The project has proposed to use the Microsoft Surface to empower the care givers and patients. There are many potential applications of Microsoft Surface that need to be explored.

Team Members

Jamie Beyer

Michelle Williams-Davis


Fahad Al-Emam

Project 4 - Nosocomial Infection Control (NIC)

Definition of the Problem Statements

Throughout hospitals in the US, 2 million people acquire infections not related to their original condition. These nosocomial infections are often caused by poor hand washing practices. In fact, hand washing compliance rates are typically as low as 15-35% as inconvenient sink locations and forgetfulness create barriers to proper hand washing behavior.

Team Members

Travis Reineke Fischer

David Herren

Vijay Ramnath

Young Seon Choi

Project 5 - Telemedicine, Home Care, Self Medication - Asthma Control Room

Definition of the Problem Statements

This project aims at developing a model of Remote Monitoring for Asthma patients employing the concepts of Home care and Telemedicine.

Team Members:

Jiten Chhabra
Ali Asmi

Team Webpage: Asthma Control Room

Project 6 - Information Innovation

Definition of the Problem Statements

In the healthcare system there is limited access to information that patients and families need.

Team Members

Kristin Hermann

Jon Koehler

Rung-Yu Tseng

Project Proposal

Information Innovation

Project 7 - Step-by-Step (wayfinding design team)

Definition of the Problem Statements

Team Members

Diane Dutcher

Marianna Jewell

Elaine Smith

Budget Estimate: budget estimate and material info for final project proposals

  • Team 1 project Virtual Environment Budget (add file or new link here, including URL)
  • Team 5 project Budget

Final Project Websites