Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2013

Embargo Period

9-2-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Design (MDes)

Department

Design

Advisor(s)

Jodi Forlizzi

Abstract

Abstract. A hospital fall can be a tragic event for both the patient and hospital staff. This design thesis aims to discover technology solutions that will aid communication about fall risks and prevention tools in the hospital. The intent of this research is to gain insights about the exact needs of all stakeholders in a healthcare setting and to iteratively design with their feedback. The overarching goal of this project is to design a solution to aid a variety of healthcare providers in delivering more patient-centered services and to communicate more effectively with one another about hospital falls. More communication and transparency about hospital falls should decrease fall rates and thus save patients the painful and traumatic experience of falling in the hospital.

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