Journal Article

Supporting special-purpose health care models via adaptive interfaces to the web

James R. Warren, Heath K. Frankel and Joseph T. Noone

in Interacting with Computers

Published on behalf of British Computer Society

Volume 14, issue 3, pages 251-267
Published in print April 2002 | ISSN: 0953-5438
Published online April 2002 | e-ISSN: 1873-7951 | DOI:
Supporting special-purpose health care models via adaptive interfaces to the web

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The potential of the Internet and intranets to facilitate development of clinical information systems has been evident for some time. Most Web-based clinical workstation interfaces, however, provide merely a loose collection of access channels. There are numerous examples of systems for access to either patient data or clinical guidelines, but only isolated cases where clinical decision support is presented integrally with the process of patient care, in particular, in the form of active alerts and reminders based on patient data. Moreover, pressures in the health industry are increasing the need for doctors to practice in accordance with ‘best practice’ guidelines and often to operate under novel healthcare arrangements. We present the Care Plan On-Line (cpol) system, which provides intranet-based support for the SA HealthPlus Coordinated Care model for chronic disease management. We describe the interface design rationale of cpol, which is based on constrained adaptation of the user interface while maintaining user control. We also describe the cpol implementation framework, which is flexible and broadly applicable to support new healthcare models over intranets or the Internet.

Keywords: Alerts; Clinical practice guidelines; Decision support; Health information systems; General practice medicine; Mixed-initiative user interface

Journal Article.  7630 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human-Computer Interaction

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