Designing a personal, adaptive tool is the goal of the latest phase of MyJourney Compass project by the Everyday Computing Lab. The program recently received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to design the next generation of the tablets. Over the next four years, Georgia Tech researchers will continue prototyping and testing tablets that can anticipate a patient's needs and prepare them for things like surgery and chemotherapy.
“The question for us is, how would you design a computer that would adapt or change as the person progresses through different phases of their journey?” says Beth Mynatt, principal investigator for the project.
The Everyday Computing Lab will partner with healthcare providers in North Georgia to implement and evaluate such an adaptible technology for breast cancer patients.
Healthcare providers are excited about the program. “They have a better sense of what their patients are struggling with,” says Mynatt. “If we can give a more realistic portrayal of what the patients are going through, then they can tailor the care or pay attention to those barriers or problems.”