Luz, Saturnino, Masoodian, Masood, and Cesario, Manuel
Behaviour & Information Technology. Jun2015, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p548-565. 18p. 5 Color Photographs, 3 Black and White Photographs, 1 Diagram, 1 Map.
Information technology, Research methodology, Motion pictures, Questionnaires, Wireless communications, Interprofessional relations, Interviewing, Medical personnel, Primary health care, Public health surveillance, Research funding, Skin diseases, and Cell phones
The development and deployment of information technology, particularly mobile tools, to support collaboration between different groups of health-care professionals has been viewed as a promising way to improve disease surveillance and patient care in remote regions. The effects of global climate change combined with rapid changes to land cover and use in Amazonia are believed to be contributing to the spread of vector-borne emerging and neglected diseases. This makes empowering and providing support for local health-care providers all the more important. We investigate the use of information technology in this context to support professionals whose activities range from diagnosing diseases and monitoring their spread to developing policies to deal with outbreaks. An analysis of stakeholders, their roles and requirements, is presented which encompasses results of fieldwork and of a process of design and prototyping complemented by questionnaires and targeted interviews. Findings are analysed with respect to the tasks of diagnosis, training of local health-care professionals, and gathering, sharing and visualisation of data for purposes of epidemiological research and disease surveillance. Methodological issues regarding the elicitation of cooperation and collaboration requirements are discussed and implications are drawn with respect to the use of technology in tackling emerging and neglected diseases. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Behaviour & Information Technology. Apr2012, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p413-423. 11p. 6 Color Photographs, 1 Diagram, 2 Charts.
Information technology, Blogs, Age distribution, Creative ability, Grandparents, Intergenerational relations, and Interprofessional relations
As new technologies emerge that can bring older adults together with children, little has been discussed by researchers concerning the design methods used to create these new technologies. Giving both children and older adults a voice in a shared design process comes with many challenges. This paper details an exploratory study focusing on connecting generations through cooperative design (co-design) methods that can enable idea construction and elaboration to flourish. Design techniques were adapted that ranged from low-tech prototyping and sticky-note feedback to distributed collaboration. The critical finding in this research was that children and older adults need not only time together to start the collaboration but also time apart to further the collaboration at a distance. This case study research reports on how our methods evolved and how others can apply these methods for their own work. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]