The Brain Attack (Stroke) Virtual Conference, part of the National Medical Practices Knowledge Banks project (funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology) was an on-line, intelligent multimedia desk reference (including text, audio, narrated surgery video, relevant medical images and virtual reality simulations) for medical specialties (initially neurosurgery). Users include medical professionals and students.
The project was conducted by a consortium comprising NIST, NCR, AT&T, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny University of Health Sciences, Carnegie-Mellon University and Clark-Atlanta University. The planned system included support tools and services that facilitated the capture, organization, access to, and use of expert experience and knowledge. These tools and services included computer-supported conferencing, “synthetic interviews” with experts, illustrative cases and patient management plans, on-line references, medical procedures video and case data.
On this huge project involving many teams, Don Rickert played a key leadership role in conducting needs finding (ethnographic field study), participatory design (scenario-based design), formal task/scenario representation, user interface design and usability evaluations.
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