Pervasive Telemedicine System

A telemedicine system transmits medical information using videoconferencing equipment and several telemedical peripherals. We will build a prototype telemedicine system at Pace between the Nursing School and a remote site on campus. With telemedicine a patient does not have to go to a hospital and endure a possibly long wait to see a doctor. Instead, the patient can explain his or her symptoms to a doctor via a networked computer. This requires designing good graphical user interfaces and medical peripherals (vital sign monitor, electronic stethoscope, otoscopes, etc.) to transmit a patient's symptoms and conditions.

We will first set up video conferencing equipment to simulate the interaction between a nurse's computer and a patient's computer. Then, the students will build GUIs for both the nurse and patient computers.

A possible scenario interaction is as follows:

  1. a patient login
  2. if a patient is registered then skip to step 4
  3. otherwise, register to the nurse information system
  4. a patient fill out the questionnaire
  5. a nurse and patient conversation
  6. utilizes remote medical peripherals (vital sign monitor, electronic stethoscope, otoscopes, etc.) to transmit patient's symptoms and conditions
  7. the nurse fills out the prescription
  8. the patient receives and prints the prescription