Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications

Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications

Martina Ziefle (RWTH Aachen University, Germany) and Carsten Röcker (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Release Date: December, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 426
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-177-5
ISBN13: 9781609601775|ISBN10: 1609601777|EISBN13: 9781609601799
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Electronic healthcare technologies support the interaction between patients and health-service providers, institution-to-institution transmission of data, and peer-to-peer communication between patients and health professionals. These technologies promise to deliver significant improvements in access to care, quality of care, and the efficiency and productivity of the health sector.

Human-Centered Design of E-Health Technologies: Concepts, Methods and Applications unites researchers and industry practitioners from different disciplines to share their domain-specific knowledge and thereby contribute to a holistic introduction into the area of human-centered design for e-health applications. The knowledge and insights provided in this book will help students, as well as systems designers, to understand the fundamental social and technical requirements future e-health systems have to meet. By providing a well-rounded introduction within one single volume, this book is equally suited as a library reference and upper-level course supplement, but also represents a first-class resource for independent study.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • A human centered approach for developing smart health care applications
  • E-health technologies in home care nursing
  • Evaluating the usability of home healthcare applications
  • Human experiential design of healthcare technologies
  • ICT in homecare
  • Neurocognitive and psychophysiological interfaces for adaptive virtual environments
  • Personalized acoustic interfaces for human-computer interaction
  • Smart home environments
  • Usability engineering and e-health
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The knowledge and insights provided in this book will help students, as well as systems designers, to understand the fundamental social and technical requirements future e-health systems have to meet. By providing a well-rounded introduction within one single volume, this book is equally suited as a library reference and upper-level course supplement, but also represents a first-class resource for independent study.

– Martina Ziefle, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; and Carsten Röcker, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
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Martina Ziefle, Ph.D., is Professor for Communication Science at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and head of a research group at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec). HumTec is funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and aims at fostering high level interdisciplinary research between the humanities/social sciences and the engineering/natural sciences. Prof. Ziefle’s research addresses human factors in different technology types and using contexts, taking demands of user diversity into account. Her methodological competence regards the experimental and empirical evaluation of human computer interaction. A special research focus is directed to the usability and acceptance of mobile devices, which are increasingly used in novel contexts. Her main research concern is to shape technology innovation in ways that technology development is truly balanced with the human factor. In addition to teaching and directing research on campus, Prof. Ziefle leads various projects funded by industrial and public authorities, dealing with the interaction and communication of humans with technology.
Carsten Röcker is a senior researcher at the Human Technology Centre (HumTec) at RWTH Aachen University, working in the research program "eHealth - Enhancing Mobility with Aging." As part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers he is designing healthcare applications for supporting elderly people in ubiquitous computing environments. Previously, Carsten was a visiting PostDoc at the Media Computing Group, focusing on the evaluation of user requirements for smart work environments. Before joining RWTH Aachen University in 2008, he was a PostDoc at the Distributed Cognition and HCI Laboratory at the University of California in San Diego. From 2000 to 2006 he worked as a research associate at the Fraunhofer Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI) in Darmstadt. During this time he was involved in several projects designing novel information and communication technologies for intelligent home and office environments. He has an interdisciplinary background with academic degrees in the areas computer science (PhD), psychology (PhD), electrical engineering (Master) and management (Master).
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Editorial Review Board
  • Andreas Holzinger, Medical University Graz (MUG), Austria
  • Andre Kushniruk, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Jan Borchers, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Pascale Carayon, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • P.L. Patrick Rau, Tsinghua University, China
  • Kenton O’Hara, Microsoft Research, Pervasive Media Studio, UK
  • Claus Knapheide, Siemens AG Healthcare Sector Imaging & IT Division Health Services, Germany
  • Russell Beale, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Martin G. Helander, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Maddy D. Janse, Sector Digital Lifestyle Technology of Philips Research, the Netherlands