Collaborative symptoms interpretation for cardiac patients as diagnostic agents

Maria Kjærup, Stefania Kouzeli, Mikael B. Skov, Jesper Kjeldskov, Charlotte S. Skov, Peter Søgaard

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Home monitoring of cardiac patients with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) holds promising benefits such as improved mortality rates, but HCI research shows that patients dislike the passive role imposed by current home monitoring technology. In this paper, we report from a study on how cardiac patients reacted to taking on a more active role of being a diagnostic agent. We developed and implemented a technology probe for reporting symptoms and other health metrics to health providers daily and studied ten ICD patients interacting with the probe for eight weeks. Our analysis resulted in three themes; patient reflection and obsession, patient roles and responsibility towards healthcare staff, and opportunities for nurses to use reports at the hospital. We contribute to HCI research on home monitoring by discussing the role of the diagnostic agent and the potential for implanted chronic patients to engage in collaborative interpretation with health providers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
EditorsGerd Berget
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364379
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventNorwegian Computer Human Interaction 2018 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 1 Oct 20183 Oct 2018
Conference number: 10th (Website) (Proceedings) (Website)


ConferenceNorwegian Computer Human Interaction 2018
Abbreviated titleNordiCHI 2018
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  • Collaborative interpretation
  • Diagnostic agent
  • Home monitoring
  • Technology probe

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