Effective Usability Engineering in Healthcare: A Vision of Usable and Safer Healthcare IT
Kushniruk A, Senathirajah Y, Borycki E. Effective Usability Engineering in Healthcare: A Vision of Usable and Safer Healthcare IT. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017;245:1066-1069. PMID: 29295265.
Persistent problems with healthcare IT that is unusable and unsafe have been reported worldwide. In this paper we present our vision for deploying usability engineering in healthcare in a more substantive way in order to improve the current situation. The argument will be made that stronger and more substantial efforts need to be made to bring multiple usability engineering methods to bear on points in both system design and deployment (and not just as a one-time effort restricted to software product development). In addition, improved processes for ensuring the usability of commercial vendor-based systems being implemented in healthcare organizations need to be addressed. A discussion will also be provided on challenges and barriers that will need to be overcome to ensure that the heatlhcare IT that is released is both usable and safe.