3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

A secure electronic diary and data collection tool

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5981,
        author={Kenny Morrison and Ian W. Ricketts and Martyn C. Jones and Nigel B. Pitts and Derek W. Johnston and Frank M. Sullivan},
        title={A secure electronic diary and data collection tool},
        proceedings={3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2009},
        month={8},
        keywords={electronic diary handheld computers data collection encryption},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5981}
    }
    
  • Kenny Morrison
    Ian W. Ricketts
    Martyn C. Jones
    Nigel B. Pitts
    Derek W. Johnston
    Frank M. Sullivan
    Year: 2009
    A secure electronic diary and data collection tool
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5981
Kenny Morrison1, Ian W. Ricketts1, Martyn C. Jones2, Nigel B. Pitts3, Derek W. Johnston4, Frank M. Sullivan5
  • 1: School of Computing, University of Dundee, DDI 4HN
  • 2: School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, DDI 4HJ
  • 3: Dental Health Services Research Unit, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, DD2 4BF
  • 4: School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen, AB24 2UB
  • 5: Clinical & Population Sciences & Education, School of Medicine, University of Dundee, DD2 4BF

Abstract

Handheld computerised data-collection tools have been shown to be snore accurate, less susceptible to recall errors and to encourage higher user-compliance than pen and paper alternatives. Pocket Interview is a configurable electronic diary and data collection tool that provides the ability to design and deliver questionnaires and collect data securely using handheld devices and desktop computers. The client software can be set to prompt the data contributor, via audible prompts, to provide entries at fixed times and preset intervals. The device also allows the users to record personally significant incidents out with the schedule times. Pocket Interview is designed for use, after minimal training, by both the data-provider(s) and the administrator. An administrator can define and/or amend the data they would like to be collected, via a graphical user interface. The system has been shown to be usable by both administrators and users.