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Lab-in-a-box takes aim at doctors’ computer activity

They call it “the Lab-in-a-Box.” According to , a in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at the , , inside the box are assorted sensors and software designed to monitor a doctor’s office, particularly during consultations with patients. The goal is to analyze the physician’s behavior and better understand the dynamics of the interactions of the doctor with the and the patients in front of them. The eventual goal is to provide useful input on how to run the medical practice more efficiently.

The Lab-in-a-Box complete data collection infrastructure can be easily transported on site and set up in minutes, including sensing and recording components that need to be set up for data collection. Highlighted in red is the Microsoft Kinect sensor; in green, the SMI eye tracker; in yellow, the cables connecting to the Epiphan frame grabber and to the physician’s workstation; and in blue, the main power outlet to power up the Lab-in-a-Box.
Credit:UC San Diego/VA


The Lab-in-a-Box work is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in connection with quantifying usability to improve clinical workflow. The overall project runs through June 2016.

*LAB-IN-A-BOX: semi-automatic tracking of activity in the medical office, Nadir Weibel, Steven Rick, Colleen Emmenegger, Shazia Ashfaq, Alan Calvitti, Zia Agha, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, pp. 317-334, Vol. 19, Issue 2, February 2015. DOI 10.1007/s00779-014-0821-0

University of California – San Diego