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Health Systems Research Seminar Series presents: "Designing Usable Healthcare Information Systems and Applications"
Andre Kushniruk, Ph.D.
School of Health Information Science
University of Victoria (British Columbia)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
10:00 to 12:00
About the Presentation
Dr. Kushniruk will describe an approach to conducting low-cost rapid usability testing of health information systems within local organizations and settings (e.g. “in-situ” in hospitals, physician offices, in patient’s homes, etc.) as well as the methods which have been developed, refined and applied in the usability analysis of a range of complex healthcare information systems (analysis of the usability of electronic health record systems, decision support systems, educational systems, pervasive applications and on-line clinical guidelines and resources for use by both health professionals and lay people). The advantages of the approach are that it can be applied rapidly at a low cost and with a high degree of realism and fidelity to real-world contexts. Dr. Kushniruk will also show the cost-benefits of such an approach as compared to traditional usability engineering methods and will conclude with a discussion of how the approach can be applied to ensure system usability and safety in a range of real-world complex domains.
About the Speaker
Andre Kushniruk conducts research in a number of areas including in usability engineering, electronic health records, evaluation of the effects of information technology, human-computer interaction in healthcare and other domains as well as cognitive science. His focus is on developing new methods for the evaluation of health information technology and studying human-computer interaction in healthcare. Having published widely in the area of health informatics, his work is well-known internationally. In addition, he has advised on a variety of national and international committees and projects. Dr. Kushniruk holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology, as well as an MSc in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from McGill University.
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