AnatOnMe: Facilitating Doctor-Patient Communication Using a Projection-Based Handheld Device
Patient non-compliance with medical treatment plans for chronic conditions is estimated at between 30-50 percent, presenting a serious threat to successful medical outcomes. Effective doctor-patient communication has been identified as one of the most important factors to increasing compliance. We set out to understand what kinds of computing systems might positively enhance such communication and what functions they would need to support. We talked to several doctors from a variety of specialties to understand general communication challenges and design requirements. Then, focusing on physical therapy as a particularly appropriate sub-specialty, we built and studied a handheld projection system that flexibly supports the key aspects of information exchange: injury assessment via photo-capture, annotation, and re-projection for shared discussion; education via on-body projection of anatomy imagery, and documentation of personalized therapeutic exercises via photo capture and the generation of personalized take-home instructions. An expert review and formal lab study established that both physical therapists and patients perceive that the system provides high value and a more engaging and informative experience than what is available today.