Beth Kolko and Alexis Hope Conduct Field Work in Kenya

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

HCDE MS student Alexis Hope (center) watches a live ultrasound with midwives and clinicians in Kenya.Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Beth Kolko and Master's student Alexis Hope traveled to Kenya earlier this spring to expand on the work they did for the 2012 Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) conference to investigate collaborative radiological practice, expanding further on their Mobile Midwives' Ultrasound Project.

In Kenya, Kolko and Hope turned their attention to the collaborative work practices of global health researchers, in addition to the work of midwives and clinicians. As they move forward with the ultrasound system, they aim to develop a platform that is not only useful for clinicians and radiologists, but global health researchers as well. A low-cost, open-platform, simplified ultrasound system would be useful for the data collection needs of global health research studies that incorporate ultrasound to study issues like malaria, HIV, and vaginal infections.

For more information about this research, visit the Mobile Midwives' Ultrasound Project site or the Design for Digital Inclusion Lab website.