Smart interactions for home healthcare: a semantic shift
by Edgar Rodriguez; Kah Chan
International Journal of Arts and Technology (IJART), Vol. 9, No. 4, 2016

Abstract: The worldwide trend towards home healthcare calls for a semantic shift. Medical devices that assist people to look after themselves now need to establish an appropriate communication loop with the patient. There is no longer a focus on the medical device communicating with the medical practitioner primarily only through denotation of meaning. We suggest that the new communication loop requires the medical device be able to communicate through denotation and connotation of meaning, making information relevant for people's everyday lives, addressing pragmatic and hedonic aspects, and not simply the display of data. This paper analyses a number of medical devices for home healthcare. We suggest a set of criteria that designers can use when designing smart interactions for empowering patients to take care of their health. We also present a number of designs and assess them according to our suggested criteria.

Online publication date: Thu, 05-Jan-2017

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