The MOBEL Project

The MOBEL Project

Inger Dybdahl Sorby (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Line Melby (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Yngve Dahl (Telenor Research and Innovation, Norway) and Gry Seland (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-561-2.ch412

Abstract

This chapter presents results and experiences from the MOBEL (MOBile ELectronic patient record) project at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. MOBEL was a multidisciplinary research project established in 2000. The problem area of the project was communication and information needs in hospital wards, and the aim of the project was to develop and explore methods and prototypes for point of care clinical information systems (PoCCS) that support clinicians in their patient-centered activities. The chapter summarizes four sub studies performed during the project. Each study presents different approaches to user-centered design of PoCCS. Findings from these studies confirm the need for mobile information and communication technology (ICT) in hospitals. Furthermore, the studies demonstrate how more user involvement and complementary approaches to traditional requirements engineering (RE) and system development methods can be useful when developing mobile information and communication systems for clinicians.
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The Mobel Project

The MOBEL project was established in 2000 as an interdisciplinary research project under the strategic area of medical technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).1 The basic insight motivating the project was that clinical work has some specific characteristics that distinguish it from what can be referred to as ‘office work’. The most prominent of these characteristics are:

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