Beall Product Design Competition - Energy Conservation Observer
Overview: Energy Conservation Observer (ECO) is a context-aware device that detects in-situ energy wastage and notifies the user to take immediate action. ECO was developed for a student product design competition organized by the entrepreneur cell of University of California, Irvine. I worked with three other team mates.
My Role: I was leading the project team of 3 other team mates. My primary contributions and responsibilities included - a) identify potential users, b) identify functional and nonfunctional requirements, c) study the market and perform comparative product analysis, d) formulate a 5-year business plan, and e) communicate with organizers and team mates.
Result: ECO won the second prize in the design competition including an award money of $5000.
Information Delivery From Healthcare Providers to Patients in Emergency Department
Overview: This is my master’s thesis project. I explored how patient-provider communication happens in a time-critical setting to provide relevant information to patients by studying the journey of a patient’s visit to emergency department (ED). The prime motivation for this research lies in the provider-centered nature of health information systems within hospitals and a need to include patients in the design of technology to create a better hospital experience for them.
My Role: I performed observations/contextual inquiries and interviews with patients and clinicians. I also analyzed data and completed masters thesis.
Result: This research shows the care process that patients undergo and the factors that impede patient-provider communication in ED, leading to breakdowns in the care process. Additionally, this research points to the need to revisit the design of provider-centered health information technology.