The Healthcare Human Factors Group, a research organisation affiliated with Canada’s University Health Network, has conducted a usability study assessing the intuitiveness of five different PDA’s and smartphones during four basic scenarios that nurses typically experience. This is all very interesting as the number of portable clinical applications we feature on these pages has been growing rapidly.
Here is a snippet from the summary findings:
Nurses expect lightweight devices with physical keyboards, advanced rendering capabilities, intuitive menu structure and data access speeds that are comparable to desktop applications Devices need to be portable and compact; ideally weigh less than 180g Larger screen sizes are preferred, so long as page rendering is advanced System speed perception was also an important indicator of device acceptance; in addition, Wi-Fi compatible devices are recommended Be mindful of the types of applications and tasks the nurses will be using most; if text entry is required for the majority of tasks, a device with a physical keyboard is recommended From an infection prevention and control standpoint, devices that can easily be used with a protective cover that can be easily wiped with a disinfectant are recommended. Those devices with the fewest buttons, connectors, and crevices that could trap microbes are considered best. From the devices that we reviewed, the iPhone 3G and iPAQ 210 would be most suitable in this regard.
Read on for the details: Human Factors Evaluation of PDAs and Smartphones in Nursing Practice…