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New ergonomic and functional design of digital conferencing rooms in a clinical environment
Author(s): Osman M. Ratib; Carlos L. Amato; D. Ric McGill; Brent J. Liu; Joseph A. Balbona; J. Michael McCoy
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Paper Abstract

Clinical conferences and multidisciplinary medical rounds play a major role in patient management and decision-making relying on presentation of variety of documents: films, charts, videotapes, graphs etc. These conferences and clinical rounds are often carried out in conferencing rooms or department libraries that are usually not suitable for presentation of the data in electronic format. In most instances digital projection equipment is added to existing rooms without proper consideration to functional, ergonomic, acoustical, spatial and environmental requirements. Also, in large academic institutions, the conference rooms serve multiple purposes including as classrooms for teaching and education of students and for administrative meetings among managers and staff. In the migration toward a fully digital hospital we elected to analyze the functional requirements and optimize the ergonomic design of conferencing rooms that can accommodate clinical rounds, multidisciplinary reviews, seminars, formal lectures and department meetings. 3D computer simulation was used for better evaluation and analysis of spatial and ergonomic parameters and for gathering opinions and input from users on different design options. A critical component of the design is the understanding of the different workflow and requirements of different types of conferences and presentations that can be carried out in these conference rooms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2003
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5033, Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation, (19 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.481881
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Osman M. Ratib, David Geffen School of Medicine/Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Carlos L. Amato, Rochlin Baran & Balbona, Inc. (United States)
D. Ric McGill, David Geffen School of Medicine/Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Brent J. Liu, David Geffen School of Medicine/Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)
Joseph A. Balbona, Rochlin Baran & Balbona, Inc. (United States)
J. Michael McCoy, David Geffen School of Medicine/Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5033:
Medical Imaging 2003: PACS and Integrated Medical Information Systems: Design and Evaluation
H. K. Huang; Osman M. Ratib, Editor(s)

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