CLINICAL SURFACES -- Activity-Based Computing for Distributed Multi-Display Environments in Hospitals

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A multi-display environment (MDE) is made up of co-located and networked personal and public devices that form an integrated workspace enabling co-located group work. Traditionally, MDEs have, however, mainly been designed to support a single “smart room”, and have had little sense of the tasks and activities that the MDE is being used for. This paper presents a novel approach to support activity-based computing in distributed MDEs, where displays are physically distributed across a large building. CLINICAL SURFACES was designed for clinical work in hospitals, and enables context-sensitive retrieval and browsing of patient data on public displays. We present the design and implementation of CLINICAL SURFACES, and report from an evaluation of the system at a large hospital. The evaluation shows that using distributed public displays to support activity-based computing inside a hospital is very useful for clinical work, and that the apparent contradiction between maintaining privacy of medical data in a public display environment can be mitigated by the use of CLINICAL SURFACES.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pages (from-to)704-717
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventINTERACT 2009, 12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Upssala, Sweden
Duration: 2 Jul 2010 → …


ConferenceINTERACT 2009, 12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Period02/07/2010 → …

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