Eva Artinger

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In mass casualty incidents a common operation picture, which gives an overview about the current situation is critical information for managing the emergency. In order to support the collaboration between different incident commanders a multi-touch table, placed in the incident command post, is used to present the current operation picture on a map. To(More)
In MCIs (mass casualty incidents) patient tracking is cumbersome when using paper based approaches. Due to the fact that the spatial positions of the patients are essential in MCIs, we equipped the relief workers with electronic devices. We analyzed two concepts for patient tracking: direct and indirect tracking. The indirect tracking turned out to be(More)
This paper presents a new text-entry approach based on the 10-finger-system for multi-touch devices. A unique finger gesture-to-key mapping system is developed to overcome the lack of tactile feedback on touchscreens. The missing tactile feedback is in fact the main reason behind the low performance of virtual touchscreen keyboards with soft buttons. For(More)
In MCIs (mass casualty incidents) the EMC (emergency medical chief) has to gain an overview on all patients at the scene. When using paper based patient tags the patient-related information remains at the patients themselves and the information relay is complex. We propose a mobile, RFID based solution, which makes the local patient-related information(More)
In a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) time and good management are critical. Currently, the first arriving rescue units perform the triage algorithm on paper instead of a mobile device. By using mobile devices, the patients' triage state and position can be instantly shared through a network. We implemented a map application to visualize this data on a rugged(More)
This paper presents a new text-entry approach for multitouch devices based on both the 10-finger-system and a unique gesture-to-key mapping to overcome the lack of tactile feedback on touchscreens. We use unique gestures for all 10 fingers based on the QWERTY layout. There are two classes of gestures: Taps and Slidings. Taps activate the keyboards central(More)
The introduction of new technologies into specific fields always requires that they are easy to use and well designed to suit the needs of the target group. This requirement is especially important in the case of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) and in the rescue service in general. In the scope of the SpeedUp project the Emergency Medical Chief (EMC), i.e.(More)
Intuitiveness, attractiveness and efficiency are in general important characteristics of high quality User Interfaces (UI). In the case of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) and other life threatening situations good user interfaces are essential as every second counts in these time-critical situations. Finding the best way to interact with the system is a(More)
We developed a heuristic for assessing the usability of mobile user-interfaces in life-threating, time-critical and unstable situations in a qualitative way. The major advantages of our approach as opposed to standardized quantitative questionnaires is the independence from a baseline, the possibility to make absolute statements and the potential for(More)
Accurate, accessible, and realtime information on the number, location, and medical condition of patients are critical for the successful management of mass casualty incidents (MCIs), where the number of patients exceeds the capacity of the emergency management service (EMS). We present a concept of a collaborative infrastructure which generates a common(More)