Ohm is a personal radio device which allows patients to create and share their own station, listen to stations created by other patients and connect by phone with others nearby.
Adapting to Emerging Risk Factors in the Hospital - the role of the pharmacist in patient care has expanded beyond traditional boundaries. By taking on broader roles in secondary care (e.g through promoting antimicrobial stewardship) pharmacists have increasingly moved away from a core focus on medicines and minor ailments, and become integrated into holistic patient care. Recently identified risk factors include boredom in hospital.
How might we contribute to addressing patient boredom in hospital?
We began our research with expert interviews with physical therapists, pharmacists, occupational therapists and nurses at Peamount Hospital and St. John of God's Hospital. We looked at existing literature and academic studies related to patient boredom and the effects of different types of interventions from both a psychosocial and medical perspective. We also reached out to a mothers group on Facebook to gain more personal stories from people who had experienced long, often bed-bound, stays in hospital.
The value of audio, and somewhat passive, forms of entertainment in this scenario became clear and this is where we chose to focus our concept.
How might we combine the benefits and personalisation possibilities of services such as Spotify, Stitcher and Overdrive with the tradition of hospital broadcasting, to create a new audio based service to help relieve boredom in hospital patients?
Prototyping + Testing
In a 5 day project testing was necessarily quick but provided valuable feedback and a number of issues for consideration:
Alternative modes of interaction for those with speech difficulties eg. post stroke
• Why would a young person use this instead of just using their phone?
• Good alternative media platform to tv
• Good size for patients with different dexterity levels
• Possibility of some form of user guide/magazine
• Methods to facilitate uploading content
• Further personalisation of the device
If we had more time...
• Reconsider position of scan window
• Redesign of booklet to work better with the scanning option
• Investigate ideas around staff content curation and stations
• Ideas for personalisation - patient names on buttons, welcome messages, addition of a digital strip
• Identifier for each unit - how do we link a patient’s phone to their OHM