Investigators at National Taiwan University Discuss Findings in Biomedical Informatics (Conceptualization and application of an approach for designing healthcare software interfaces)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- New research on Biotechnology is the subject of a report. According to news reporting out of Taipei, Taiwan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The aim of this study is to conceptualize a novel approach, which facilitates us to design prototype interfaces for healthcare software. Concepts and techniques from various disciplines were used to conceptualize an interface design approach named MORTARS (Map Original Rhetorical To Adapted Rhetorical Situation)."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from National Taiwan University, "The concepts and techniques included in this approach are (1) rhetorical situation - a concept of philosophy provided by Bitzer (1968); (2) move analysis - an applied linguistic technique provided by Swales (1990) and Bhatia (1993); (3) interface design guidelines - a cognitive and computer science concept provided by Johnson (2010); (4) usability evaluation instrument - an interface evaluation questionnaire provided by Lund (2001); (5) user modeling via stereotyping - a cognitive and computer science concept provided by Rich (1979). A prototype interface for outpatient clinic software was designed to introduce the underlying concepts of MORTARS. The prototype interface was evaluated by thirty-two medical informaticians. The medical informaticians found the designed prototype interface to be useful (73.3%), easy to use (71.9%), easy to learn (93.1%), and satisfactory (53.2%). MORTARS approach was found to be effective in designing the prototype user interface for the outpatient clinic software."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "This approach might be further used to design interfaces for various software pertaining to healthcare and other domains."
For more information on this research see: Conceptualization and application of an approach for designing healthcare software interfaces. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2014;49():171-186. Journal of Biomedical Informatics can be contacted at: Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science, 525 B St, Ste 1900, San Diego, CA 92101-4495, USA. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Journal of Biomedical Informatics - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/622857)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Kumar, National Taiwan University, Inst Biomed Engn, Taipei, Taiwan. Additional authors for this research include R. Maskara, S. Maskara and I.J. Chiang (see also Biotechnology).
Keywords for this news article include: Taipei, Taiwan, Asia, Biotechnology, Software
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