Redesign of a computerized clinical reminder for colorectal cancer screening: A human-computer interaction evaluation

Jason J. Saleem, David A. Haggstrom, Laura G. Militello, Mindy Flanagan, Chris L. Kiess, Nicole Arbuckle, Bradley N. Doebbeling

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Background: Based on barriers to the use of computerized clinical decision support (CDS) learned in an earlier field study, we prototyped design enhancements to the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA's) colorectal cancer (CRC) screening clinical reminder to compare against the VHA's current CRC reminder. Methods. In a controlled simulation experiment, 12 primary care providers (PCPs) used prototypes of the current and redesigned CRC screening reminder in a within-subject comparison. Quantitative measurements were based on a usability survey, workload assessment instrument, and workflow integration survey. We also collected qualitative data on both designs. Results: Design enhancements to the VHA's existing CRC screening clinical reminder positively impacted aspects of usability and workflow integration but not workload. The qualitative analysis revealed broad support across participants for the design enhancements with specific suggestions for improving the reminder further. Conclusions: This study demonstrates the value of a human-computer interaction evaluation in informing the redesign of information tools to foster uptake, integration into workflow, and use in clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number74
JournalBMC medical informatics and decision making
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 30 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics

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