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Proc AMIA Symp. 2002 : 1190.
PMCID: PMC2244247

Controlled Software Evaluation Methodology: Case Simulation and Cognitive User Analysis


Software for use with patient records is challenging to design and difficult to evaluate because of the tremendous variability of patient circumstances. A method was devised by the authors to overcome a number of difficulties. The method evaluates and compares objectively various software products for use in emergency departments and compares software to conventional methods like dictation and templated chart forms. The technique utilizes oral case simulation and video recording for analysis. The methodology and experiences of executing a study using this case simulation are discussed in this presentation.

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