5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

HEARME: a touch-to-speech UI for medicine identification

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246120,
        author={Marja Harjumaa and Minna Isomursu and Salla Muuraiskangas and Antti Konttila},
        title={HEARME: a touch-to-speech UI for medicine identification},
        proceedings={5th International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={4},
        keywords={Field trial older users medication management NFC RFID audio interface touch-based user interface},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246120}
    }
    
  • Marja Harjumaa
    Minna Isomursu
    Salla Muuraiskangas
    Antti Konttila
    Year: 2012
    HEARME: a touch-to-speech UI for medicine identification
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2011.246120
Marja Harjumaa1,*, Minna Isomursu1, Salla Muuraiskangas1, Antti Konttila1
  • 1: VTT
*Contact email: marja.harjumaa@vtt.fi

Abstract

This article describes a medication management service concept for visually challenged older users. The service transforms medication information into speech. This can help visually challenged individuals to identify medication, and to find dosage and other consumption-related information. The user interface is based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which makes it possible to write and read data in tags, which can be attached to medication packages. A speech synthesizer transforms the text stored in the tag into audio message. A complete service covering the service chain from pharmacy to user’s home was implemented and evaluated. Findings from a field trial are presented, exploring how the service was adopted in the medication management. The results show that, while the users found the service easy to learn and use, they found the service concept difficult to integrate with their existing medication management practices.