Notes from the front lines: Lessons learnt from designing for improving medical imaging data sharing
Paper in proceeding, 2014

This paper presents results from participatory design studies conducted in a children's hospital. We conducted extensive user studies to understand the specific needs and design constrains in a foetal-heart imaging unit. We describe the lessons learnt in the design process, focusing on the peculiarities of the setting and providing insights to help with the design of future systems in similar environments. We conducted panel discussions, semi-structured interviews, shadowing and constructed two system prototypes to learn about user interactions. We provide a description of the environment, a summary of the important stakeholders and an assessment of the current infrastructure. We noted a significant discrepancy between our case hospital and reported hospital practice. Our main contributions are: (1) a thorough understanding of a unique clinical environment gained through an extensive user study; (2) a detailed account of a participatory design process conducted in the setting and (3) a set of seven design considerations (lessons learnt) for future inquiries. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Legacy technology

Clinical environments

Design case

Medical imaging

User studies


Clinical environments

Participatory design


Pawel Wozniak

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction design

A. Romanowski

Lodz University of Technology

A.E. Yantaç

Koç University

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction design

Proceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational

978-145032542-4 (ISBN)

Subject Categories

Human Computer Interaction





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