HearMe: A touch-to-speech UI for medicine identification

Marja Harjumaa (Corresponding author), Minna Isomursu, Salla Muuraiskangas, Antti Konttila

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Abstract

This article describes a medication management service concept for visually challenged older users. The service transforms medication information into speech. This can help visually challenged individuals to identify medication, and to find dosage and other consumption-related information. The user interface is based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which makes it possible to write and read data in tags, which can be attached to medication packages. A speech synthesizer transforms the text stored in the tag into audio message. A complete service covering the service chain from pharmacy to user's home was implemented and evaluated. Findings from a field trial are presented, exploring how the service was adopted in the medication management. The results show that, while the users found the service easy to learn and use, they found the service concept difficult to integrate with their existing medication management practices
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPervasiveHealth
Subtitle of host publication5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Pages85-92
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare and Workshops, PervasiveHealth 2011 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 23 May 201126 May 2011

Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare and Workshops, PervasiveHealth 2011
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period23/05/1126/05/11

Keywords

  • Audio interface
  • filed trial
  • medication management
  • NFC
  • older users
  • qualitative research
  • RFID
  • touch-based user interface
  • touch-to-speech user interface
  • universal access

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    Harjumaa, M., Isomursu, M., Muuraiskangas, S., & Konttila, A. (2011). HearMe: A touch-to-speech UI for medicine identification. In PervasiveHealth: 5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (pp. 85-92) https://doi.org/10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246120