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Design of a mobile, safety-critical in-patient glucose management system.

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  • 1JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsges.m.b.H., Institute for Biomedicine and Health Sciences, Graz, Austria. bernhard.hoell@joanneum.at


Diabetes mellitus is one of the most widespread diseases in the world. People with diabetes usually have long stays in hospitals and need specific treatment. In order to support in-patient care, we designed a prototypical mobile in-patient glucose management system with decision support for insulin dosing. In this paper we discuss the engineering process and the lessons learned from the iterative design and development phases of the prototype. We followed a user-centered development process, including real-life usability testing from the outset. Paper mock-ups in particular proved to be very valuable in gaining insight into the workflows and processes, with the result that user interfaces could be designed exactly to the specific needs of the hospital personnel in their daily routine.

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