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Improving healthcare system usability without real users: A semi-parallel design approach

Arshad, F and Nnamoko, NA and Wilson, J and Roy, B and Taylor, MJ (2015) Improving healthcare system usability without real users: A semi-parallel design approach. International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics, 10 (1). pp. 67-81. ISSN 1555-3396

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Abstract

Copyright © 2015 IGI Global. This paper describes an early stage usability study conducted on a prototype system designed to capture and analyse Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) activities. The system - PROMS 2.0, was developed by Bluespier for the trauma and orthopaedic department in Trafford Hospital, Manchester, United Kingdom (UK). The Centre for Health and Social Care Informatics (CHaSCI), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) examined the system without real users, identified potential usability issues and suggested possible solutions for improvements before final release by Bluespier. Three different approaches were adopted for evaluating user interface (UI) design without users. The first approach is the Cognitive Walkthrough (CW), a task-oriented technique capable of identifying issues through action sequence required to perform a task. The second approach is action analysis which predicts the time a skilled user would need to perform a task. The third approach is heuristic evaluation which tends to identify problems based on recognised standards. Results support the argument from relevant cognitive psychology theories and user-centric design principles that UI evaluation without real users is a useful tool in yielding rapid output for subsequent enhancement. It is concluded that semi-parallel design concept could be the key to timely delivery of software design projects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper appears in International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics authored by M.J. Taylor et al. Copyright 2015, IGI Global, www.igi-global.com. Posted by permission of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0806 Information Systems, 0807 Library And Information Studies
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Computer Science
Publisher: IGI Global
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 11:16
DOI or Identification number: 10.4018/IJHISI.2015010104
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3524

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