Remote Patient Assessment using Digital Stethoscope for Telehealth Systems in Australia

Remote Patient Assessment using Digital Stethoscope for Telehealth Systems in Australia

 

This project aims to provide better understanding of digital stethoscope needs and user interaction which are crucial in telehealth service delivery. It focuses on sound transmission in real time (with only minor, acceptable latent delays) on a telehealth network, and to improve clinician-patient interactions using existing video-conferencing systems presently employed by telehealth systems in Australia.

 

In order to develop a useful and usable telehealth stethoscope we have conducted fieldwork observations of existing anaesthetic preadmission clinics to understand how stethoscopes are currently used, as shown in The Noldus Observer map below. Observations have also been completed with a simulated telehealth stethoscope with various combinations of three nurses and three doctors.  Analysis of more than 200 doctor-nurse interactions showed that nurses and doctors were able to learn to collaborate effectively after a very short number of tests.

 

 

Observed stethoscope activities and interactions

 

Grants

  • ARC Linkage (LP0882065) Remote patient assessment using digital stethoscope for telehealth systems in Australia 

 

People and partners

Dr Ben Kraal

Dr Ben Kraal

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Industrial Design

 

Professor Vesna Popovic

Professor Vesna Popovic

PASLab Leader, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Industrial Design

Dr Shayne Beaver

Dr Shayne Beaver

Lecturer, Industrial Design, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office, Discipline Staff

Dr Alison K. Livingstone

Dr Alison K. Livingstone

Postgraduate Student, Assistant Deans Scholarship Holder, Creative Industries Faculty, School of Design Office