Major issues in user interface design for health professional workstations: summary and recommendations

Paul C. Tang, Vimla L. Patel

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Lack of good user interfaces has been a major impediment to the acceptance and routine use of health-care professional workstations. Health-care providers, and the environment in which they practice, place strenuous demands on the interface. User interfaces must be designed with greater consideration of the requirements, cognitive capabilities, and limitations of the end-user. The challenge of gaining better acceptance and achieving widespread use of clinical information systems will be accentuated as the variety and complexity of multi-media presentation increases. Better understanding of issues related to cognitive processes involved in human-computer interactions is needed in order to design interfaces that are more intuitive and more acceptable to health-care professionals. Critical areas which deserve immediate attention include: improvement of pen-based technology, development of knowledge-based techniques that support contextual presentation, and development of new strategies and metrics to evaluate user interfaces. Only with deliberate attention to the user interface, can we improve the ways in which information technology contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of health-care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-148
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Bio-Medical Computing
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 1994


  • Cognitive science
  • Hospital information systems
  • Information systems
  • Medical records systems, computerized
  • Physician workstations
  • User-computer interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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