Developed Interactive Learning Programs for Touchscreen Kiosks

NIH Funded Study for Low Literacy Patients with Cancer and Diabetes

Developed user-friendly programs with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as Co-Principle Investigator for software development. The custom cancer software (Flash based using Action Script) required management of over 1,000 audio files and saved user statistics to external files for all interaction with the software.

Managed Complex Elements of the NIH Study and Collaborated with Internal and External Team Members

The cancer and diabetes studies were conducted at multiple hospitals in Chicago; Illinois Messonic, John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Mt. Sinai. In order to develop the software, I successfully collaborated with doctors from these hospitals and psychometricians and research assistants from Northwestern University. We met on a weekly basis where I identified requirements of the study, planned a timetable for the software development and provided prototypes of the software for testing.

Designed Kiosk Specifically to Support Patient’s Learning Sessions

Developed a Working Relationship with a Chicago Company to Manufacture my Design

There were few kiosks on the market for seated use as most were upright and required users to stand. I designed the kiosk shown below based on the needs of the users (cancer and diabetes patients) and the research study. I then found a company in Chicago to manufacture it. The kiosk design featured a desktop audio station that allowed the user to listen to the learning program’s spoken audio via the headphones or through the speakers in the touch screen monitor.

Managed the Manufacturing and Installation of the Learning Kiosks

Attractive Design also Allowed Patients to be Comfortable While Learning

I designed a type of kiosk sturdy enough to be used in a public area AND attractive enough to invite use. My design included 2 kiosk cabinets accessible via front and rear doors; the first one to house the computer and printer and the second for paper and toner for the printer. My design also contained side panels to allow heat to escape from the equipment and featured a lighted sign with each individual hospital’s name and logo.