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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 153-157

Usability testing of bed information management system: A think-aloud method

1 Student Research Committee; Department of Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
2 Medical Informatics Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health; Department of Health Information Management and Technology, Faculty of Management and Medical Information Sciences, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
3 Department of Medical Informatics, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran; Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4 Department of Computer, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Reza Khajouei
Medical Informatics Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Haft Bagh Highway, PO Box 7616911320, Kerman
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/japtr.JAPTR_320_18

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Not considering the usability in designing clinical information systems causes problems in human–computer interaction and patient dissatisfaction. Therefore, in this study, the usability of the bed information management system (BIMS) was examined by think-aloud method. This cross-sectional study was conducted on the BIMS in 50 noneducational hospitals. Participants consisted of three groups including users, facilitators, and technical support. To carry out the study, a scenario consisting of four tasks was designed. Three researchers analyzed the recorded files to identify the usability problems and their severity. The mean time of the evaluation process was 20:33 ± 4:47 s. The total number of the problems identifies by users was 80 cases. Data entry and layout problems with 38 (48%) and 33 (41%) cases were the most frequently found problems, respectively. About 61% and 55% of the data entry and layout problems had a minor severity (Severity 2), respectively. Furthermore, 43 (54%) cases of the problems were resolved by the users and 32 (40%) cases by the facilitator assistance. This study showed that a large number of the problems were due to the system poor design. Furthermore, by increasing the users' level of knowledge about the system, it is possible to enhance user-system interaction. It is recommended that before designing and implementing a system, the system should be evaluated for usability, and the users should be educated in clinical information systems.

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