HealthAbility is a research initiative that has been created in collaboration with and Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
HealthAbility is based on the existing Authentibility Pass application and will be designed specifically for healthcare. The purpose of the HealthAbility application is to provide a method for patients with disabilities to communicate their accessibility requirements to clinicians and hospital staff, in advance of their appointments. It is anticipated that HealthAbility Pass will increase patient satisfaction when communicating accessibility requirements, as well as increasing the awareness of hospitals in relation to their patient needs.
The objectives of the initiative are as follows:
- To assess the requirements of University Hospitals Dorset and Dorset HealthCare University, to obtain the accessibility requirements of patients with physical and cognitive disabilities
- To co-produce a HealthAbility Pass Application suitable for the healthcare domain, based on the existing Authentibility Pass proof of concept
To integrate the co-produced HealthAbility Pass into the existing systems of University Hospitals Dorset
- To evaluate HealthAbility Pass with University Hospitals Dorset and Dorset HealthCare University patients, who have physical and cognitive disabilities
The project will involve customisation and further development of Authentibility Pass, with the initial focus on outpatient services. Patients will input their demographic and accessibility requirements into the application and clinicians will receive these through a web interface. Compatibility testing will be performed with University Hospitals Dorset and Dorset HealthCare University, with the view to disseminate HealthAbility to other NHS Foundation Trusts.
Updates on this initiative will be posted on this page and please contact Dr Paul Whittington for further information: email@example.com
Dr Huseyin Dogan
Associate Professor & Acting Deputy Head of Department
Dr Paul Whittington
Lecturer in Assistive Technology