Towards improved usability of health care information systems

Pentti Kolari

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Usability is today an important issue in all types of computer-based artifacts, not least in healthcare information systems. In healthcare, the artifact is typically used in connection with direct health professional - patient encounter. In this context, it is of utmost importance that the artifact acts as a tool and not becomes an object in itself fading the actual object out. User-centred design and usability assessment are approaches aiming at this goal. VTT Information Technology, in cooperation with Finn-Medi Research Ltd and three Finnish SMEs developing healthcare information systems, carried out a prestudy to find out how these companies address usability in their product development processes and how this is reflected in their products.
Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalERCIM News
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 1997
MoE publication typeD1 Article in a trade journal


  • information systems


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