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A study of physicians' interaction with text-based and graphical-based electronic patient record systems

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5 Author(s)
Rodriguez, N.J. ; Center for Comput. Res. & Dev., Puerto Rico Univ., Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ; Borges, J.A. ; Murillo, V. ; Ortiz, J.
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The interaction style used in electronic patient record (EPR) systems and its usability can have a significant impact on the acceptance, efficiency and satisfaction of its users. In this paper, we describe a study of physician interaction with a text-based EPR system and a graphical-based EPR system. The usability attributes of learnability, efficiency and satisfaction are evaluated on typical tasks, such as viewing a patient's record, documenting and ordering. The results of the study revealed that a graphical-based interface can significantly reduce the time it takes physicians to complete typical tasks in comparison with a text-based interface. The results of the study also revealed that physicians can get more satisfaction from interacting with a graphical-based EPR system than with a text-based system.

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Computer-Based Medical Systems, 2002. (CBMS 2002). Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Symposium on

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2002