"For students working on HelpCare Connect, a web-based platform to assist family caregivers of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the competition provided an opportunity to present an early iteration of their platform and to receive valuable feedback from industry professionals. The team is developing a website and mobile app that will enable informal caregivers, who are often disconnected from each other, to better communicate and document information related to the person with dementia. Additionally, as caregivers document a patient’s dementia-related behaviors over time, the platform will use machine learning to generate care strategies that are tailored for the specific patient."
HealthConnect.Link, a Wisconsin-based non-profit venture, announced that UW-Madison Industrial and Systems Engineering researchers, Nadia Doutcheva, Michelle Tong, and Dr. Nicole Werner, PhD have joined their team. HealthConnect.Link is making strides in creating an online community of affordable health resources to help underserved patients access needed services and support.
Several students mentored by Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) Assistant Professor Nicole Werner were among hundreds of undergraduates who participated in the 19th annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Undergraduate Research Symposium. One student team also presented their work at the Improving Primary Care Through Industrial and Systems Engineering (I-PrACTISE) conference hosted by ISyE and the Departments of Family Medicine.
HelpCare Connect team members Connor Pardell and Rachel Zenker get their research work accepted for presentation at the HFES 2017 Conference in Austin, TX. PhD Student Nadia Doutcheva also gets her work on the ED Transitions of older adults accepted. Check them out!
Congrats to ISyE student Rachel Zenker for winning the Discovery to Product (D2P) Commercialization Award at this year's University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering Undergraduate Research Symposium! Rachel's project outlined future research and market implications relating to studying informal caregiving from a workload perspective. Congrats again Rachel!
The grant, "Innovating Consumer Health Information Technology Designs for Informal Caregiving: From Individual Caregivers to Loosely Coupled Informal Teams" will be funded through the NSF CISE Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), Cyber-Human Systems (CHS).
Health Links addresses a healthcare challenge that is often overlooked - connecting patients in low-socioeconomic position to community resources, such as food pantries, job training centers, or reduced-price bus passes. Healthlinks seeks to address the social determinants of health by providing an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that will allow users to quickly find and access community resources that they need.
Design team includes: Nadia Doutcheva, Michelle Tong, Tom Martell and Ashish Shenoy
The Baldwin Idea Endowment grant will fund the student-lead proposal,
HEALTHLINKS: Mobile application for low-socioeconomic position patients in Wisconsin.
Kudos to the Healthlinks design team! Nadia Doutcheva, Michelle Tong, Tom Martell and Ashish Shenoy
Tong's research applies a sociotechnical systems approach to identify individual differences in personal health information management strategies.
Borkenhagen's research sought to map the process of older adults’ transitions into and out of the Emergency Department (ED), and identify process variances based on the currently-accepted ED care paradigm.
Recommendations published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine: SGIM-AMDA-AGS Consensus Best Practice Recommendations for Transitioning Patients’ Healthcare from Skilled Nursing Facilities to the Community
The grant was awarded for the project, "Design of a Mobile Application for Informal Caregivers of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease"
Improving distributed cognitive work across caregiving networks.
Research toward safe and successful transitions across healthcare settings.
Studying work as it occurs across boundaries.
Advancing the Homecare Of Medically complex children through Engineering (@HOME)
Identifying Interactions Between Physical Environments and Cognitive Work.
Supporting the cognitive work of patients and their informal caregivers.
Nicole E. Werner, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Werner is also an Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement in the College of Engineering and the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center in the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, and a Discovery Fellow in the Living Environments Lab (where the primary research instrument is a 6-sided immersive Virtual Reality CAVE) in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Professor Werner received her Ph.D. in Human Factors and Applied Cognition from George Mason University in 2014. Over her career, Professor Werner has conducted research to improve the delivery of health care including transitions and coordination of care, health systems risk analysis and hazard identification, medical device analysis, mitigating the effects of interrupted task performance in health care settings, checklist design and implementation to improve health care processes, and health information technology design and implementation.
Her current research focuses on applying and developing Human Factors Engineering theory and methods to design a human-centered, smart, and connected patient journey.