The RITE Program
The RITE Program (Research via Internet of Technology and Experience) is a new, dedicated online cohort designed to optimize the conduct of pervasive computing health research, as well as frequently capture novel data in its own right.
Join The RITE ProgramWe need your help to improve health care! We are looking for participants to join ORCATECH’s RITE Program, a new research study conducted completely on the Internet (from the comfort of your home!). As computers become more and more a part of our lives, ORCATECH researchers want to know how computers can help us improve health care, and we need your help to find out!
The goals of The RITE Program are to:
A. Better understand people’s health and health care preferences and behaviors
B. Discover how health care can be improved by collecting information over the Internet.
C. Identify the kinds of information and technologies people are interested in using as part of their health care.
Participation in The RITE Program happens completely by email, where you will receive emails with a link to complete regular online surveys about your health and your opinions about health care.
As a participant of The RITE Program, you will also receive ongoing updates about the findings we discover and have opportunities to participate in even more studies that are specific to your health as they arise.
Important notes: You must be 18 years of age to participate in this study, and there is no compensation for participation in this study.
An Experiment in Online Data Collection
RITE participants will be available to regularly engage in research ranging from online surveys to directly consenting to Life Lab participation in their home. Through this new functionality we will collect self-report data regularly, but we are most interested in exploring how the RITE responses over internet may be used as tools to unobtrusively assess function. These metrics may include preferred modes of on-line response modalities, frequency of contact, query designs and formats, and intra-individual response characteristics in well-being domains that may differ based on the query frequency and/or format itself.
The RITE Program in Action
As an example of what The RITE Program can accomplish, we recently piloted an interactive questionnaire designed to rapidly address social communications in our participants. We needed to know not simply how many people owned mobile phones, but also where there is a land line and a cell phone, how a participant divides usage. The few existing surveys such as the Pew Internet and American Life surveys are not research focused or detailed enough to guide technology and user assessment protocol development. We designed and deployed an interactive survey (sample question below) that not only asked what type of phones are used, but presented images of phones (e.g. ‘flip’, ‘slide’) to facilitate responses. This was invaluable for our senior participants. We discovered a transition to more use of cellular and landline technology and a small but important minority using iOS platforms. In a separate survey of elderly residing in Section 8, low income housing we found a significant proportion of cellular use (51%) in this low-income community. A similar process will be needed for many projects planned going forward.