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Physician acceptance of the IRIS user interface during a clinical trial at the Ottawa Civic Hospital
Author(s): Marjorie Coristine; Carolyn Beeton; Jo W. Tombaugh; J. Ahuja; Garry Belanger; Richard F. Dillon; Shawn Currie; E. Hind
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Paper Abstract

During a clinical trial, emergency physicians and radiologists at the Ottawa Civic Hospital used IRIS (Integrated Radiological Information System) to process patients' x-rays, requisitions, and reports, and to have consultations, for 319 active cases. This paper discusses IRIS user interface issues raised during the clinical trial. The IRIS workstation consists of three major system components: 1) an image screen for viewing and enhancing images; 2) a control screen for presenting patient information, selecting images, and executing commands; and 3) a hands-free telephone for reporting activities and consultations. The control screen and hands-free telephone user interface allow physicians to navigate through patient files, select images and access reports, enter new reports, and perform remote consultations. Physicians were observed using the system during the trial and responded to questions about the user interface on an extensive debriefing interview after the trial. Overall, radiologists and emergency physicians were satisfied with IRIS control screen functionality and user interface. In a number of areas radiologists and emergency physicians differed in their user interface needs. Some features were found to be acceptable to one group of physicians but required modification to meet the needs of the other physician group. The data from the interviews, along with the comments from radiologists and emergency physicians provided important information for the revision of some features, and for the evolution of new features.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1232, Medical Imaging IV: Image Capture and Display, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18859
Show Author Affiliations
Marjorie Coristine, Carleton Univ. (Canada)
Carolyn Beeton, Bell Northern Research (Canada)
Jo W. Tombaugh, Carleton Univ. (Canada)
J. Ahuja, Ottawa Civic Hospital (Canada)
Garry Belanger, Ottawa Civic Hospital (Canada)
Richard F. Dillon, Carleton Univ. (Canada)
Shawn Currie, Carleton Univ. (Canada)
E. Hind, Carleton Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1232:
Medical Imaging IV: Image Capture and Display
Yongmin Kim, Editor(s)

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