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User Centred Development of a Smartphone Application for Wayfinding in a Complex Hospital Environment

Frank Smolenaers, Tim Chestney, Jenny Walsh, Simon Mathieson, Daniel Thompson, Mehmet Gurkan, Stuart Marshall, S Bagnara (ed.), R Tartaglia (ed.), S Albolino (ed.), T Alexander (ed.), Y Fujita (ed.)

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH CONGRESS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ERGONOMICS ASSOCIATION (IEA 2018), VOL I: HEALTHCARE ERGONOMICS | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG | Published : 2019

Abstract

Finding where to go within a hospital environment can be difficult and frustrating for patients and visitors leading to complaints, missed appointments and inefficiencies. We iteratively developed and tested a navigation application for smartphones, to augment existing wayfinding strategies. The “PowerNav” smart phone app uses indoor location and movement tracking, enabled by low energy Bluetooth beacons (BLE) mounted on the ceiling of hospital corridors. No IT infrastructure is required. A prototyping stage of the interface with user input was followed by a rapid phase user-centred design process involving naïve and experienced users. This culminated in the naturalistic observation of users..

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