Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring (WPSM) System - U.S. Army Medic Recommendations
Technical rept., Jan 2005-Nov 2006
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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The Warfighter Physiological Status Monitoring WPSM system collects vital sign information and other event information. This information is sent wirelessly to a personal digital assistant PDA held by the medic. The primary purpose of this study was to determine what features should be included in the graphical user interface GUI of the WPSM system as it would appear on the Battlefield Medical Information System-Tactical BMIS-T PDA. To meet this objective, information was obtained from 26 experienced combat medics. A background questionnaire was administered to obtain information regarding the volunteers medical experience, types of injuries and illnesses observed or treated, and how medical decisions such as triage assessments are made during combat. Secondly, these volunteers were asked to design individual GUI screens after being provided a briefing on what the WPSM system is. Finally, four focus groups of between 4 and 7 medics provided group consensus feedback on what the GUIs for the WPSM system should look like. Results from the volunteers individual GUI designs and focus group sessions revealed most medics wanted a 1 geo-location screen, 2 a screen summarizing the medical status of the squad or platoon they were monitoring, 3 an individual patient screen, 4 a treatment and evacuation information screen, 5 an electronic Field Medical Card FMC, and 6 a reference information screen.
- Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics