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Virtual microscopy: merging of computer mediated communication and intuitive interfacing
Author(s): Huib de Ridder; Johanna G. de Ridder-Sluiter; Philip M. Kluin; Henri H.C.M. Christiaans
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Paper Abstract

Ubiquitous computing (or Ambient Intelligence) is an upcoming technology that is usually associated with futuristic smart environments in which information is available anytime anywhere and with which humans can interact in a natural, multimodal way. However spectacular the corresponding scenarios may be, it is equally challenging to consider how this technology may enhance existing situations. This is illustrated by a case study from the Dutch medical field: central quality reviewing for pathology in child oncology. The main goal of the review is to assess the quality of the diagnosis based on patient material. The sharing of knowledge in social face-to-face interaction during such meeting is an important advantage. At the same time there is the disadvantage that the experts from the seven Dutch academic medical centers have to travel to the review meeting and that the required logistics to collect and bring patient material and data to the meeting is cumbersome and time-consuming. This paper focuses on how this time-consuming, nonefficient way of reviewing can be replaced by a virtual collaboration system by merging technology supporting Computer Mediated Collaboration and intuitive interfacing. This requires insight in the preferred way of communication and collaboration as well as knowledge about preferred interaction style with a virtual shared workspace.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7240, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV, 72400F (10 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817166
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Huib de Ridder, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)
Johanna G. de Ridder-Sluiter, Dutch Child Oncology Group (Netherlands)
Philip M. Kluin, Univ. Medical Ctr. Groningen (Netherlands)
Henri H.C.M. Christiaans, Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7240:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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