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vizHOME in the News

Want to know what our team has been involved with recently? From Washington, D.C. to our base in Madison, WI, our research team is making its mark around the country.

“Virtual Home Intended to Break Down Walls in Health Care”

June 2, 2015
Mark Johnson, of the Journal Sentinel, featured an article on the vizHOME project and its initiatives on June 1, 2015. After meeting and discussing the project with vizHOME Principle Investigators and Project Director, Johnson was able to highlight and clearly describe our work in the article. We encourage you to read the article here. We’d also like to thank Mike De Sisti, also of the Journal Sentinel, for creating a video to accompany Johnson’s article. You can watch the video below.

First Phase of Project Complete!

June 2, 2015
The vizHOME team is happy to announce the successful completion of data collection in the first subproject! Over the past year, the team has worked together with one main goal in mind: to understand how contextual features of the interiors of homes help or hinder personal health information management, or PHIM.

Twenty participants were recruited and interviewed by the vizHOME human factors team to understand their daily health information management routines in intense detail. While the interviews were conducted, vizHOME technical team members scanned the interior of the homes. From these scanned images, 3D renderings of each household were created for viewing in a virtual reality CAVE. These renderings, each consisting of upwards of one billion pieces of data, were evaluated to ensure that experts and lay people are engaged in the CAVE virtual experience.

In the midst of recruiting and interviewing households as well as creating such tremendous 3D renderings, vizHOME team members attended a variety of conferences, had several publications accepted, and obtained significant initial insight while conducting analysis. Team members attended the Federal Interoperability Showcase in Washington, D.C., represented the project at IEEE-VR in Provence, France, and took a trip to Naples, Florida to highlight the project at the first Wisconsin Ideas Event. The significant progression will greatly pave way for success in upcoming subprojects as the team continues to look for patient trends in PHIM. We encourage you to keep following up on the progression of the project!

Welcome, Dr. Nicole Werner!

May 1, 2015
Nicole E. Werner, Ph.D. is a Human Factors Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Nursing. We are delighted to announce that Dr. Werner will be joining the vizHOME project in August 2015! She is primarily focused on research to improve care transitions from the hospital to home care and support care provided to older adults in the home. Over the past several years she has worked to improve care delivery in a variety of areas including: trauma resuscitation, medical device use and procurement, pediatrics, emergency rooms, hospital pharmacies, medication administration, and health care transitions. Dr. Werner will be joining the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin in the fall where she will continue to develop the research areas focused on improving the delivery of care to older adults both across health care settings and in the home through the application of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE).

Michelle Lee, Director of USPTO, Visits the vizHOME Project

April 28, 2015
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Michelle K. Lee, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, visited UW-Madison on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. While Lee toured the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, she visited the Living Environments Laboratory and vizHOME project. Kevin Ponto, principle investigator for the vizHOME project and faculty member of LEL, and Ross Tredinnick, systems programmer for LEL and vizHOME, demonstrated our six-sided virtual reality CAVE space to Lee. We were delighted to host Lee and hope that she enjoyed her time. You can read more information about Lee’s visit here.

LEL 3D Virtual Reality Contest

April 21, 2015

The Living Environments Laboratory, a partner of the vizHOME Project, is hosting a 3D virtual reality contest. Students in grades 6 through 12 are asked to work with an adult sponsor to create a concept for a 3D virtual reality environment. The candidate with the winning concept will work with our design team to bring the vision into reality (or should we say, virtually!). The deadline to enter the contest is May 6, 2015. We encourage all students to apply! More information about the contest can be found here.

Wisconsin Ideas Event

March 10, 2015
Team members from the vizHOME Project presented at the first Wisconsin Ideas Event in Naples, Florida on March 5, 2015.  The event showcased exceptional research happening at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. UW-Madison donors and faculty, UW Foundation members, and Wisconsin Alumni Association staff gathered together at the event. We were delighted to both share our initial success with the vizHOME project with the group as well as feel energized and moved by the amazing research work that is currently being done in Madison. We would like to thank the national co-chairs, Mary Sue Shannon and Mark Tauscher, as well at the entire host committee for its leadership in planning and execution of the event! On, Wisconsin!

Federal Interoperability Showcase

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Ross Tredinnick, technical researcher for the vizHOME project and systems programmer for the LEL, represented vizHOME at the National Health IT Week 2014 HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Clinicians, technicians, and key personnel came together to display technologies for interoperable clinical solutions at the showcase; such solutions were demonstrated to members of Congress, policy makers, health IT researchers, among others. Tredinnick demonstrated some of the project’s point-based rendering technology used to display home environments. Specifically, Tredinnick provided a live demonstration using the Oculus Rift head mounted display, which enabled guests to visually experience some example home environments in 3D. We would like to thank Ross for giving a memorable presentation at the showcase.

Living Environments Laboratory Featured in the CapTimes

September 19, 2014ICECUBE 3The Living Environments Laboratory was featured in the CapTimes in September 2014. The article titled, “Science to the People,” recognized significant public outreach efforts by UW Madison research groups. vizHOME team members assist the Living Environments Lab in public CAVE tours on consistent basis; we enjoy making the public aware of our research goals and success. If you are interested in attending a tour, check out the schedule at LEL’s event page.

Brennan on Healthcare 2020

September 7, 2014
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, principal investigator of the vizHOME Project, shared her expertise on “HealthCare 2020: Technologies Enabling Effective Transitions in Care” with the TriMed Media Group. You can listen to her discussion and learn more by clicking here.

Experience Virtual Reality

September 5, 2014
Have you had the opportunity to interact with virtual reality? The vizHOME project generates scans of houses using LiDAR technology and renders them in our VR display systems. You can get an impression of being in a home environment as you follow a user whom is walking through a scanned house within the DSCVR system, a tiled, curved 3DTV-based display system. Check out the video below.