A new document from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) aims to help small and midsize practices in selecting mobile apps, focusing on usability. Formal, in-depth product comparisons might not be practical for smaller practices, but a review of usability recommendations and best practices can ease this process.
The document recommends that providers start by defining their goals for an app. Questions like “Are you looking to handle prescription refill requests more efficiently?” and “How much training will be required?” can help in that process. Likely scenarios or tasks to measure the time to complete a task, satisfaction with the tool and other factors, can be set up using a questionnaire.
Second, the document suggests that providers sift through market reviews. The paper provides resources to check out other opinions about medical apps, though it warns these should not outweigh usability tests conducted by and based on a practice’s goals.