Hacia un prototipo mHealth para apoyar sistemas de salud para ancianos en la patagonia chilena. Un caso de diseño. (Towards a mHealth prototype to support integrated health care for elderly in Chilean Patagonia. A Design Case.)

Carolina Sandoval (carolina@niclabs.cl)1, Carolina Fuentes (carofuentes@niclabs.cl)1, Camila Montero (camila@niclabs.cl)1, Javier Bustos (jbustos@niclabs.cl)1, Mariana Jordan (mjordanm@umd.edu)2

1NIC Chile Research Labs
2University of Maryland

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Jan. 2014
Volume: 12,   Issue: 1 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Based on a User Centered Design (UCD) approach, this paper describes the design and first validation process of a systemic model and a paper prototype for a mobile tool to support health data registering, related to physiotherapy of institutionalized frail elderly in nursing homes in the Chilean Patagonia. Given the lack of geriatricians and caregivers in the area, the goal is to optimize time and support integrated care, through making available a set of specific information for the health team, which would allow monitoring the patient's evolution in a timely and effectively manner. The design process led to define user profiles, content and a functional specification set. A field study and rapid contextual design instruments were used to validate the model for this context, so as the first pre-functional prototype to be developed in a next stage

Index Terms:
Elderly,Chile,mHealth,Mobile,Integrated care,Physiotherapy,Health data,User-centered design   

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