We are very proud to announce that our UX designer Annika Kaltenhauser has won the “eCare-Award for Human Use of Information Technology in Care” for her master thesis “Quiri Analyzer - Visualization of disease procedures of chronic pain patients”.
Regarding the application for the "eCare-Award for Human Use of Information Technologies in Care", it was very important to Annika to draw attention to the issue of "pain" and to improve in this way the pain detection and therapy for patients and relatives as well as for the healthcare professionals.
In her work, she dealt with the diagnosis and treatment of pain medicine - an area of medicine that can benefit from the possibilities of digital and semi-automatic data collection in a special way. For the treatment of chronic pain, data on changes in the patient’s condition or the timing of therapeutic measures must be observed, analyzed, and patterns and relationships between the parameters have to be discovered.
However, physicians still depend on a mainly analog registration of the pain intensity, their quality, the side effects, the general situation of the patient, and on the patient’s memories. As a result, solutions are urgently needed which enable an effective and efficient analysis to handle both the scope and the complexity of the data: interactive visualizations of information offer promising possibilities for this!
In her master thesis, Annika worked intensively with the system „Quiri Analyzer“, which is to support the therapy and research in the field of pain medicine. „Quiri Analyzer“ was developed in the context of a people-centered design process with the support of the „Berlin pain center“. Through a detailed analysis of the users and the usage context, requirements were collected and transferred into a design concept. The developed concept provides visualization and interaction techniques to improve the therapy and research in the area of pain medicine. A first usability testing showed that the users particularly appreciate the clarity of the data visualizations and the extensive filter concept. A first qualitative feedback from pain physicians indicates that the design concept is appropriate for the use context and can positively support the therapy of chronic pain patients.
The eCare Prize for the Human Use of Information Technology in Care has been presented for the first time by the Integrata Foundation in cooperation with the Eastern Bavaria Technical University of Regensburg. As a non-profit foundation, the Integrata Foundation promotes in particular research projects, educational institutions, and realization projects, which contribute positively to the humane use of information technology. The self-set target is to extend increasingly the use of information technology to the well-being of people.
The competition of the “eCare Award” took place in the German-speaking region and was aimed at graduates who have handled in their bachelor’s and master’s degrees the human use of IT in the care sector.
The award ceremony took place on 17.03.2017 in Regensburg.
Congratulations, Annika! We are very happy for you and we are proud to have such a talented colleague in our company!