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Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare

Karlsson, Christoffer (2016) MIO920
Production Management
Abstract
Background: Gesture control represents a new paradigm in Human-Computer-Interaction,
with an interesting use case in hygienic hospital settings; as it would allow staff to
control computers without risking cross-contamination. Even though this has
evident advantages, hospitals are increasingly emphasizing monetary gains in
investment decisions; which in the case of gesture control is not that easy to
prove.
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to portray an image of the applicability of gesture
control in Healthcare, and to provide a cost-benefit estimation on potential
monetary gains of replacing mice/keyboards with a gesture-based interface.
Methodology: This thesis is built on a deductive approach, where initially set... (More)
Background: Gesture control represents a new paradigm in Human-Computer-Interaction,
with an interesting use case in hygienic hospital settings; as it would allow staff to
control computers without risking cross-contamination. Even though this has
evident advantages, hospitals are increasingly emphasizing monetary gains in
investment decisions; which in the case of gesture control is not that easy to
prove.
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to portray an image of the applicability of gesture
control in Healthcare, and to provide a cost-benefit estimation on potential
monetary gains of replacing mice/keyboards with a gesture-based interface.
Methodology: This thesis is built on a deductive approach, where initially set research questions
are investigated through a broad literature review followed by in depth field visits
in hospitals. It combines exploratory and explanatory methods.
Conclusions: It is clear that Hospital-Acquired infections constitutes a significant issue in
modern healthcare, and previous literature suggest a connection towards
mice/keyboards. The cost-benefit estimation shows a monetary value in
replacing mice/keyboards with touchless interaction in the ICU. Further on, it
shows that the initial purchase cost only corresponds to a fraction of total costs;
with a significant part of potential savings coming from prevention of infection
transmission, followed by efficiency gains and less material waste. Even if much
of the data on infection prevention should not be considered statistically reliable,
a compelling investment case for the use of gesture control in ICU can be made. (Less)
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author
Karlsson, Christoffer
supervisor
organization
course
MIO920
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M1 - University Diploma
subject
keywords
Gesture Control, Hospital-acquired infections, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Healthcare, Intensive Care Unit
other publication id
16/5548
language
English
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8892303
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2016-09-22 15:36:44
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  abstract     = {Background: Gesture control represents a new paradigm in Human-Computer-Interaction,
with an interesting use case in hygienic hospital settings; as it would allow staff to
control computers without risking cross-contamination. Even though this has
evident advantages, hospitals are increasingly emphasizing monetary gains in
investment decisions; which in the case of gesture control is not that easy to
prove.
Purpose: The purpose of this thesis is to portray an image of the applicability of gesture
control in Healthcare, and to provide a cost-benefit estimation on potential
monetary gains of replacing mice/keyboards with a gesture-based interface.
Methodology: This thesis is built on a deductive approach, where initially set research questions
are investigated through a broad literature review followed by in depth field visits
in hospitals. It combines exploratory and explanatory methods.
Conclusions: It is clear that Hospital-Acquired infections constitutes a significant issue in
modern healthcare, and previous literature suggest a connection towards
mice/keyboards. The cost-benefit estimation shows a monetary value in
replacing mice/keyboards with touchless interaction in the ICU. Further on, it
shows that the initial purchase cost only corresponds to a fraction of total costs;
with a significant part of potential savings coming from prevention of infection
transmission, followed by efficiency gains and less material waste. Even if much
of the data on infection prevention should not be considered statistically reliable,
a compelling investment case for the use of gesture control in ICU can be made.},
  author       = {Karlsson, Christoffer},
  keyword      = {Gesture Control,Hospital-acquired infections,Cost-Benefit Analysis,Healthcare,Intensive Care Unit},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Cost-Benefit Analysis in Healthcare},
  year         = {2016},
}