The medical profession is very dynamic, where new services and treatments are continuously being added to the market. To keep up with this growing demand, software development companies are increasingly tackling medical related projects. One of the most important factors in any industry is how it interacts with its customers (in this case patients) which requires an efficient UI (User Interface).
How can you design an effective medical UI?
Well, first of all, the main thing to consider is that generally, people seek health care for themselves or their loved ones. If users are not concerned about their own well-being then there is a problem with the system. The User Interface must make patients feel like they are in control of the situation for example, through the use of dialogue boxes that allow them to answer questions or check boxes that offer them more than one choice.
Moreover, it is necessary to simplify crucial health concepts and build your interface around this information so it can be easily relayed to patients even if they are not tech-savvy.
A good UI will always take into account not only the patient but the doctor/nurse too. Once you get more complex, your UI must seamlessly integrate with other features (such as barcode scanners for handling medications or forms) to make data entry fast and efficient while allowing space for further expansion in case of upgrades.
How can we build an effective User Interface?
Here are 5 steps to help get you started:
1. Identify who your users are and what they need:
First of all, we must ensure that the interface we design is tailored to fit its intended audience and their needs which can be achieved through a series of brief consultations with key personnel in hospitals and clinics.
This will allow us to map out the most efficient way to obtain users’ information, feedback and identify any problems or inefficiencies within the system.
2. Create wireframes:
There may be different types of patients so there should be different types of interfaces for each one. Generally, the interface will have a list view but depending on if you are dealing with a hospital administrator or a patient, you will have to design it differently.
The requirements describe how the interface should look and feel as well as the specificities of each task that must be performed (e.g. what type of information is required) and any other aspects to take into account such as security risks, last minute updates etc.
There will undoubtedly be bugs and issues that need to be ironed out at this stage so that the interface is as close as possible to its final state before it gets into a patient’s hands. A pilot study with some users may also be necessary, for example by testing new features on a sample of customers.
Once we have developed your medical interface, we will provide you with an on-going support service so that if issues arise or any changes need to be made, we can handle it as soon as possible and keep the software up to date.
This way, the interface’s user experience will always feel fresh and up-to-date even as new services and treatments are added.
This process begins with a recruitment of a team of professionals who will be available on call to provide support 24/7 . This team will handle issues immediately and ensure that users benefit from fast responses. To do this, we need to perform a detailed analysis of the software’s potential flaws, then study how it can be improved and determine what needs to change.
This is why our development team must meet high standards of expertise in the medical field as well as scrupulous attention to detail.
At the end of the day, it does not matter how technologically advanced your interface might be if patients are dissatisfied with it.
As medical software experts, our goal is to create interfaces that are tailored to each client’s specific needs while also complying with their budget and quality standards.
Once these 5 steps have been followed, we will have a solid understanding of how the final product should look like and can then produce a prototype that will be brought to life through our programmers’ vast experience.