Three graduates of Medical Informatics received an award for their final theses within the framework of the Young Talent Award of the trade fair for health IT conhIT. As part of the conhIT Career Day, a jury of experts annually awards prizes to the best bachelor’s and master’s theses in the fields of medical informatics, e-health, health IT, health management, health economics, and healthcare management. All 3 graduates used the infrastructure of the Usability and Interaction Technology Laboratory (UniTyLab) of Heilbronn University for their final theses.
Best Bachelor Thesis
In the category best Bachelor thesis the 1st place went to a graduate of Heilbronn University: Andreas Keil received the prize endowed with 1,500 Euros for his work with the title „Development of a mobile application to improve information retrieval about (emergency) patients“. The work was supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Heß, Medical Informatics course of studies. As part of his final thesis, Andreas Keil created an Android application that makes it possible to read the data relevant in an emergency, such as information on pre-existing conditions, on a so-called near-field communication (NFC). Patients can use an NFC tag to record this data and carry the NFC tag with them in the form of a necklace, bracelet or key ring. In an emergency, first responders can then read this NFC tag with the mobile application.
First and Second Place in Master Theses
Konstantin Kinzel received for his master thesis „Use of data glasses for ambulatory wound documentation using Google Glass as an example“ the 1st place in the category master thesis at the conhIT Young Talent Award and thus 2,000 Euros. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerrit Meixner, Director of the Usability and Interaction Technology Laboratory (UniTyLab), supervised his work. He developed an application in the Department of General, Visceral and Transplant Surgery at the University of Heidelberg that deals with the standardized documentation and presentation of the treatment and healing process of a wound in outpatient treatment. He worked out the requirements of the development basis with two Heidelberg surgeons. In addition to providing an insight into the course of the disease, the application also enables therapy documentation with Google Glass data glasses and the taking of photos. The additional wound report generated during the treatment period allows the treating physician to inform the patient in an understandable form about the treatment and its course.
A graduate of Heilbronn University, Tommy Vinh Lam, who had submitted his thesis entitled „Conception and prototypical implementation of an EMG-based application for passive support in hand therapy using the Thalmic Myo“, also supervised by Prof. Meixner, was also awarded second place, that came with 1,000 Euros.
As part of his final thesis, Tommy Vinh Lam worked with two physiotherapists from the IB Medical Academy Mannheim to develop a concept for home-based training in hand therapy. It is based on the „Thalmic Myo“, a gesture control system. The Myo wristband is equipped with movement sensors and electrodes, with which position of hand and arm in the space can be seized and movements can be recognized by electrical signals of muscles. Based on this technology, the system can monitor compliance with the common therapy goals. Finally, he examined the prototype together with 7 physiotherapists regarding its functionality and evaluated the acceptance and the user experience.