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Mobile Workflow support and informAtion distribution in hospitals via voice-opeRateD, wIreless-Networked HANDheld PCs.


This Project will design, develop, pilot, evaluate an innovative Internet-based E-Commerce platform (E-NTRY) enabling more open, transparent, fair and, at the same time, more efficient and more cost-effective industrial procurement practices. The software system will support in a comprehensive and integrated way the entire range of activities, both within individual organisations and across the entire procurement chain involved in the 3 key processes of: Tendering, Bidding and Contract Negotiation. It is a specific objective of E-NTRY to create a generic tool, meeting the requirements of a wide range of Industry sectors: pilot Users are a tendering and a bidding company from the Telecommunication Industry, but requirements and solutions will be generalised by E-NTRY IT partners to other sectors, and most notably to the Maritime Industry, Civil Construction and Public Administration. The project will exploit advanced technologies, and most notably XML, Java, workflow inter-operability and CORBA technologies.

The objective of the project is to increase dramatically the quality of the services provided by European Union hospitals to patients, while at the same time reducing the costs incurred. To achieve the above goals, the project intends to design, develop, test, validate in pilot installations and commercially exploit an ICT infrastructure which will exploit a number of technological advances, among which, in particular: wireless networks, handheld PCs, speech technologies, workflow systems, advanced voice-based Human-Computer Interaction techniques.

Work description:
Technically, the project will design and develop an innovative software system, the key components of which are:
- A client-side, mobile application to manage key clinical information and to support workflow and co-ordination with other actors in the hospital ward and personal work organisation. The project will exploit small (wearable) and cheap handheld PCs, with sophisticated human-computer interfaces leveraging upon graphics, pen-based and, mainly, upon voice-based interaction. It aims at achieving unprecedented levels allow to have access via reliability and overall usability. It will support vocal password and vocal authentication. The screens of handheld PCs to elementary items in complex clinical records with a maximum of three "clicks". It will enable reception of instructions, tasks assignment, reminders, therefore improving overall co-ordination and synchronisation within the hospital ward and reducing risks of omissions, delays and mistakes;
- A wireless communication infrastructure. It will allow cheap and wide devices inter-connectivity, allowing handheld PCs to be networked with the server regardless of their location. The communication infrastructure will achieve high reliability, high performance and high safety (and no interference with medical equipment);
- A server-side workflow application. It will support integration with existing systems within the hospital (including clinical records management systems) and it will make sure that data and information are accessible and distributed to all interested actors, at the same time meeting the strictest requirements for data security and privacy. Existing clinical records management systems will be integrated, to avoid re-inventing the wheel. This will be achieved by creating an open system, which will be based upon a meta-model for patients' clinical record, will build upon existing and emerging standards in the medical domain, and will exploit XML as the underlying representation. It will also support co-ordination and synchronisation of actors an activities, by, e.g. scheduling tasks, sending alarms, generating e-mail messages.

- Improved information distribution, thus more informed and more accurate decisions and actions;
- Improved quality and safety standards of the hospital services, thanks to higher accuracy, reduced delays, omissions and mistakes;
- Improved synchronisation and co-ordination of activities, leading to a reduction of the length of stay of patients by 10% (from the current 7.4 days - the EU average - to 6.7 days);
- Dramatic reduction of time wasting for doctors and nurses (currently 30% to 50% of their time is spent filing and retrieving information) by 50%, leading to an increase of productivity by at least 15%.

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