As part of our Master Thesis project we wanted to find out if Google Glass could solve some of the challenges paramedics face in their daily work.
We designed, developed and tested various solutions for hands-free information such as medical data, work guidelines as well as video conferencing with specialists off-location.
We rode along for a full work week in an ambulance which gave us insights into what being a paramedic is all about.
Most importantly we found out that paramedics often need free hands to treat the patient while having to acquire information from various sources. It all starts with learning!
Bringing ideas to life, shaping them and discussing pros and cons over and over.
Things really started to happen when we gathered all the relevant stakeholders in the same room.
Drawing sketches played a central part in prioritizing content and playing with the possibilities of the limited display size.
Never ignore the value of good old pencils and paper.
Adding code to our sketches and bringing them to life.
We coded various different prototypes while iteratively involving the paramedics in vital design decisions.
Once developed, we put our prototypes to the test through bodystorming scenarios.
Recucitation dolls received CPR, medicine barcodes got scanned and patient guidelines were consulted in chaotic surroundings with screaming bystanders.
Look, scan and use the information in diagnostic work. No need to use your hands to tap and search to look up data.
Which cycle is this? Should we give adrenaline or amiodarone now? Glass helps maintain an overview in chaotic settings.
Children and adults are different. No surprise. But their medical differences can be difficult to remember. Glass can support this, hands-free.
Hey doc, doesn't this look strange? Show it don’t tell it. Video conferencing brings specialized resources to the patient in seconds.