Shared Perceptions in Healthcare

Friday, February 10, 2012

Helena MentisJoin the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) on Friday, February 17, for a guest lecture by Dr. Helena Mentis.

Title: "Shared Perceptions in Healthcare"
Speaker: Dr. Helena Mentis, Postdoctoral researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge; and Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
Date: Friday, February 17, 2012
Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Electrical Engineering Building, Room 403, UW Seattle campus

Abstract
Information technology has the potential for positively transforming healthcare coordination. However, healthcare coordination is more than simply transferring information—it is reliant on practices that support shared perceptions of the information. This talk will focus on communication and coordination practices in healthcare and the design of technology for sharing perceptions. First, I will present my prior work on the expression of emotion between healthcare personnel in an emergency room and the impact this has on the coordinated care trajectory. Second, I will present my current work on touchless interaction technologies in vascular and neurosurgery and the impact interaction distance has on shared perceptions of the work. I will conclude with discussing my future research directions on the challenges in communication and coordination between chronically ill patients and their network of health caregivers.

About the speaker
Dr. Helena Mentis is a postdoctoral researcher in the Socio-Digital Systems Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge and a fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the use and design of information technology for communication and coordination, particularly in healthcare, emergency management, and other critical domains. Prior to her current appointment, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin, and a researcher at Philips Research. She received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2010, MS in Communication from Cornell, and BS in Psychology from Virginia Tech.