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PLATFORM-INDEPENDENT AND WEB-BASED AT OUTCOME DATA COLLECTION TOOLS

Presenter(s)
Frank DeRuyter, PhD
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC 3887
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919.684-6271
Email: deruy001@mc.duke.edu

Carin Caves, BS
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC 3887
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919.684-6271
Email: caves002@mc.duke.edu

Dan Saldana, AA
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC 3887
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919.684-6271
Email: salda001@mc.duke.edu

Jeffrey Jutai, Ph.D., C.Psych.
The University of Western Ontario
801 Commissioners Road East
London, ON
CANADA
N6C 5J1
Phone: (519) 685-4292 ext. 42626
Email: jjutai@uwo.ca

Most AT outcomes instruments are completed with paper/pencil, and as a consequence, the process of entering data into a central database requires significant effort. It has been our contention that the collection of outcomes data using web-based interfaces for direct entry, and/or portable devices [such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) or tablet computers] would facilitate data collection in the field. These data could easily be ported digitally into a main data collection/repository site either synchronously or asynchronously.

The goal of this presentation is to demonstrate a number of platform and web-based AT outcome data collection tools that have been developed by the Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR) funded through NIDRR. The work to be presented and demonstrated is the result of two specific projects undertaken as part of the ongoing grant.

The first project was to determine the feasibility of developing platform-independent electronic data collection instruments and their subsequent functionality within the clinical setting. Portable/mobile strategies were required to be successful at addressing location, software, and user independence. Facilitation of direct entry of AT outcomes data collection was accomplished through the use of both palm and Tablet PC platforms. To date, the following portable/mobile solutions for specific AT outcome instruments have been developed and will be demonstrated:

To address functionality, each of these developed, platform-independent AT data collection tools were implemented within AT service delivery programs for beta-testing and evaluation. Results will be presented as well as examples of data collection reports that were subsequently developed.

The second project pursued the development web-based AT outcome data collection tools and their subsequent functionality within the clinical and administrative environment. To be successful, it was determined that web-based data collection strategies would require location, user, platform, and software independence. To address a broad potential user stakeholder group, it was determined that web-based solutions would need to address both "in-house reporting" within a specific clinical setting, as well as "remote reporting." In-house reporting was deemed important to facilitate ease of use by staff that may travel throughout a facility, such as to inpatient units within a medical center. Remote reporting was required to address not only reporting from remote locations, but also potential data entry from varying systems, the ability to enter data automatically or following portable device synchronization, and finally, the ability to observe results or reports instantaneously. Finally, because many AT devices are web enabled and the web is an equalizer for many within the disability community, this project undertook an additional component of examining the potential of web-based data collection tools as a method of participation by users of AT in community-based research. To date, the modules for the Assistive Technology Act (ATA) Annual Performance Report, ATDPA, PIADS, and QUEST have been developed for online, web-based reporting and will be demonstrated.

Finally, as two above referenced projects have continued to evolve, several additional activities are underway that are worthy of mention and will be discussed. First, the Consortium for Assistive Technology Outcomes Research (CATOR) at the recent RESNA and AAATE meetings has pursued international collaboration in the above projects. With the resultant development of the Assistive Technology International Outcomes Consortium (ATIOC), efforts are currently underway for the development of an international web-based data repository for AT outcomes data that would allow data from multiple outcome instruments and stakeholders in an effort to provide a variety of cross-dimensional AT outcome reports. Secondly, with the assistance of an outside consultant, CATOR is currently undertaking an effort exploring the potential commercialization of the above referenced tools and instruments. The results and updates of these efforts will be presented.


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