Interface design for health care environments: the role of cognitive science.

V. L. Patel, A. W. Kushniruk

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An important challenge in the development of computer-based health care environments is the design of effective user interfaces. In this paper we consider a number of aspects of interface design related to the study of human-computer interaction from a cognitive perspective. It is argued that user interfaces must be designed with consideration of the information requirements, cognitive capabilities and limitations of the end users. Greater concern for fundamental research in design of user interfaces is also needed to complement short-term goals and approaches to improving user interfaces. Towards these objectives, several emerging trends are beginning to have an important impact in the design of health care interfaces. This includes the recognition of the need for iterative design and evaluation of user interfaces, applying theoretical frameworks and methods from cognitive science. An understanding of distributed as well as individual cognition will also become critical in the development of effective user interfaces as access to health care systems becomes increasingly widespread.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings / AMIA ... Annual Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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