Innovation in Region Uppsala by using an iterative process of improving prototypes used in production – report from a project course

I’m a student at Uppsala University that is currently taking the course IT in Society, which focuses on open-ended problems and read in collaboration with students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the States. The course started with the American students visiting Uppsala and spending the week together getting to know each other. While they were here, we gave them a proper taste of Sweden by visiting one of the student Nations, having a semi-traditional Swedish barbeque, and by the end of their visit I had made many new friends.

During the week, we were presented with three different projects to choose from.  I chose the surgical unit organization board, which I am the group leader of. We have five students on our team, four of us are students from Uppsala University and one is a Rose-Hulman student.

Our client is Region Uppsala, and we are doing a study on a project owned and spear-headed by Akademiska Sjukhuset called “Digitaliserad visualisering och daglig styrning av slutenvården centralt och lokalt på Akademiska Sjukhuset” DiViS for short, that loosely translates to Digitized visualization and daily management of inpatient care at the Akademiska Hospital. The goal of the system is to provide a tool that aims to visualize the planning of patient care on both for a specific ward and the administrative level, as well as provide an easy to use interface for the staff that enables them to quickly coordinate inpatient care.

During the development of the system, it has been used by the Innovation Ward at Akademiska Sjukhuset so that each iteration could be evaluated. The system is still a prototype, and by the method having the staff use prototypes as it was a finished system has enabled the project to get feedback from the intended users each step of the way making it a system developed for the users, in close proximity with the users themselves. This is also the first IT project where the hospital has ownership of the whole project, which makes the iterative method of forcing out prototypes into production exciting. And perhaps an indication of the hospital being able to break free from some of the chains of bureaucracy and speeding up an organization that has never shared the same sentence as the word speed.

If you felt this was article interesting check back during this semester for more updates and to hear about the other two groups that are looking into medical records online and how triage in healthcare can be done online.

This blog post was written by

Cristoffer Jakobsson

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