Lungsounds@UA Interface and Multimedia Database

Lungsounds@UA Interface and Multimedia Database

Cátia Pinho (School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal), Ana Oliveira (School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal), Daniela Oliveira (School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal), João Dinis (School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal) and Alda Marques (School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/ijehmc.2014010105

Abstract

The development of graphical user interfaces (GUIs) has been an emergent demand in the area of healthcare technologies. Specifically for respiratory healthcare there is a lack of tools to produce a complete multimedia database, where respiratory sounds and other clinical data are available in a single repository. This is essential for a complete patients' assessment and management in research/clinical settings. Therefore, this study aimed to develop a usable interface to collect and organise respiratory-related data in a single multimedia database. A GUI, named LungSounds@UA, composed by a multilayer of windows, was developed. The usability of the user-centred interface was assessed in a pilot study and in an evaluation session. The users testified the utility of the application and its great potential for research/clinical settings. However, some drawbacks were identified, such as a certain difficulty to intuitively navigate in the great amount of the available information, which will inform future developments.
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Methodology

The GUI named LungSounds@UA was developed in the scope of a pilot study within the project “Adventitious lung sounds as indicators of severity and recovery of lung pathology and sputum location” (PTDC/SAU-BEB/101943/2008). The interface was informed by the literature and the need felt during the course of the project to collect and merge all relevant respiratory data in a single multimedia database. The application was developed in Matlab® (Mathworks, 2009) because of its rapid prototyping characteristics and to simplify the integration of implemented automatic detection algorithms, e.g., Dinis et al. (2012) and Oliveira et al. (2013).

This study followed the system development life cycle (SDLC), which is characterised by: i) planning, ii) analysis, iii) design, iv) implementation, and v) maintenance/support (Kushniruk, 2002); as well as the prototyping and iterative usability testing (Kushniruk & Patel, 2004).

The assessment of the developed application was performed in two ways: i) within a pilot study, conducted by two respiratory researchers in fifty-seven physiotherapy sessions of six patients with lower respiratory tract infection; and ii) in an evaluation session performed by four health professionals.

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