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Usability: a critical success factor for managing change in the clinical infostructure

Kay, S 2005, 'Usability: a critical success factor for managing change in the clinical infostructure' , Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine, 30 (2) , pp. 173-178.

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Abstract

There can be no doubt that the clinical infostructure is being significantly enriched with the deployment of new systems throughout the health sector. From a technological perspective, the initial emphasis has been mainly on functionality and only latterly on the usability of these clinical information systems. However, the large scale and rapid pace of the changes being wrought in the health sector will have a major impact on clinicians and patients, not least in how they interact with the technology. Therefore, it is not only hardware and software but people-ware, too, that needs to be actively managed; not simply a one-off functional specification but an ongoing, complex relationship. Usability is the human factor that encompasses the ethical, educational, and evaluative aspects of design. There is also a strong case for regarding usability of clinical information systems as a key critical success factor for the management of change within the health-care domain. In particular, the relationship between usability, and education and training is examined.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allied health, computers in medicine, usability, education, change management, infostructure
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Medical Informatics and the Internet in Medicine
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 14639238
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2007 16:08
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/107

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