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Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;245:763-767.

Towards a Usability and Error "Safety Net": A Multi-Phased Multi-Method Approach to Ensuring System Usability and Safety.

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1
School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada.
2
State University of New York, Brooklyn, USA.

Abstract

The usability and safety of health information systems have become major issues in the design and implementation of useful healthcare IT. In this paper we describe a multi-phased multi-method approach to integrating usability engineering methods into system testing to ensure both usability and safety of healthcare IT upon widespread deployment. The approach involves usability testing followed by clinical simulation (conducted in-situ) and "near-live" recording of user interactions with systems. At key stages in this process, usability problems are identified and rectified forming a usability and technology-induced error "safety net" that catches different types of usability and safety problems prior to releasing systems widely in healthcare settings.

KEYWORDS:

Health Information Systems; Patient Safety; User-Computer Interface

PMID:
29295201
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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