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Study Results from B.C. Zapata and Colleagues in the Area of Medical Technology Reported (Mobile PHRs Compliance with Android and iOS Usability...

August 22, 2014

Study Results from B.C. Zapata and Colleagues in the Area of Medical Technology Reported (Mobile PHRs Compliance with Android and iOS Usability Guidelines)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medicine. According to news reporting originating from Rabat, Morocco, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Mobile Personal Health Records (PHRs) have achieved a particularly strong market share since the appearance of more powerful mobile devices and popular worldwide mobile application markets such as Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play. However, Android and Apple have a set of recommendations on design and usability targeted towards developers who wish to publish apps in their stores: Android Design Guidelines and iOS Human Interface Guidelines."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research, "This paper aims to evaluate compliance with these guidelines by assessing the usability recommendations of a set of 24 selected mobile PHR applications. An analysis process based on a well-known Systematic Literature Review (SLR) protocol was used. The results show that the 24 mobile PHR applications studied are not suitably structured. 46 % of these applications do not use any of the recommended patterns, using instead lists or springboards, which are deprecated patterns for top-level menus. 70 % of the PHRs require a registration to be able to test the application when these interactions should be delayed."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Our study will help both PHR users to select user-friendly mobile PHRs and PHR providers and developers to identify the good usability practices implemented by the applications with the highest scores."

For more information on this research see: Mobile PHRs Compliance with Android and iOS Usability Guidelines. Journal of Medical Systems, 2014;38(8):145-160. Journal of Medical Systems can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer -; Journal of Medical Systems -

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting B.C. Zapata, Mohammed V Souissi Univ, Software Project, Management Res Team, ENSIAS, Rabat, Morocco. Additional authors for this research include A.H. Ninirola, A. Idri, J.L. Fernandez-Aleman and A. Toval (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Rabat, Africa, Morocco, Health and Medicine

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