Portable Information Terminal
Requirements for Nursing Care Applications
Naotsune HosonoHiromitsu InoueYutaka Tomita Ph.D.
Oki Electric Ind.Co.,Ltd Chiba College of Health Science Keio University
It is often stated that we are living in the Information Age, an age in which complex information must be quickly and easily accessed. As we consider the 8th International HCI Conference theme "Creating New Relationships", we explore the emergence of microprocessors and how new and sophisticated microprocessors allow for smaller and more powerful machines. Those new machines have the potential to be used by anyone irrespective of age, gender, location, nationality, or time considerations. This paper explores a sensory evaluation method using an experimental Portable Information Terminal (PIT) platform ( Knaster, B. 1994) to meet hospital nursing care requirements. We explore the various aspects of multimedia access to evaluate the users need to employ the PIT in a ubiquitous manner. Because of generally scarce resources designers must tradeoff various elements of these basic requirements. However, in the initial stages of development, designers will have little or no direct experience in developing a specific machine to meet the exacting requirements of nursing care professionals. Therefore, this paper proposes that the sensory evaluation can guide perplexed designers in the initial development stage ( Nielsen, J. 1993, Norman, D A. 1988).
The major users of medical support systems are doctors, nurses, therapists and patients. This paper discusses a case study of a PIT vertical application and focuses on the nurse/therapist users. The medical support system is a centralized server system managing the patients database and numerous peripherals. The peripherals are personal computers (PCs) located in doctor's offices, and nurse stations. PCs in the nurse station are connected to a Dock Station which facilitates up and downloading data between the PIT and patients database and recharges the PIT power supply (Fig. 1).