Supporting Collaborative Health Tracking in the Hospital: Patients' Perspectives


The hospital setting creates a high-stakes environment where patients’ lives depend on accurate tracking of health data. Despite recent work emphasizing the importance of patients’ engagement in their own health care, less is known about how patients track their health and care in the hospital. Through interviews and design probes, we investigated hospitalized patients’ tracking activity and analyzed our results using the stage-based personal informatics model. We used this model to understand how to support the tracking needs of hospitalized patients at each stage. In this paper, we discuss hospitalized patients’ needs for collaboratively tracking their health with their care team. We suggest future extensions of the stage-based model to accommodate collaborative tracking situations, such as hospitals, where data is collected, analyzed, and acted on by multiple people. Our findings uncover new directions for HCI research and highlight ways to support patients in tracking their care and improving patient safety.

Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems