• 10x10 with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

    Healthcare Interface Design Distance Learning Course

Healthcare Interface Design

10x10 with University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth): Course Description

An important challenge in the development of computer-based health care environments is the design of effective user interfaces. User interface should be designed with consideration of the information requirements, cognitive capabilities, and limitations of the end users. The goal of the AMIA-UTHealth 10x10 program is to provide a detailed overview of user interface design for health information systems, medical devices, consumer health web sites, and other healthcare related systems.

Health care professionals will have the opportunity to learn the fundamental principles of human-computer interaction and human factors and learn how to apply them to real world problems. The focus is on learning why and how user-friendly interfaces can greatly improve work productivity and enhance the quality of health care without radically changing the underlying technology.

Course Logistics

The course is offered in two parts:

  1. An 11-unit Web-based component starting September 2, 2019. Each web-based unit is composed of narrated presentations, assigned readings, online discussions, quizzes and course projects, etc.
  2. An intensive half-day optional in-person session held in conjunction with the AMIA Annual Symposium in Washington, DC in November 2019.  The Symposium's dates are November 16-20, 2019.  The goal of the face-to-face session is to meet the instructor as well as other students in person, to go over course materials and other learning issues. Students will also have the opportunity to communicate their work to an audience of peers and faculty.

The registration deadline for the course is September 2, 2019. We will accept enrollees after that date on a space-available basis.

The course is taught in a completely asynchronous manner, i.e., there are no scheduled classes. Each unit contains the following elements:

  • Unit Overview – This section contains a brief introduction to the unit, learning objectives covered in the unit, reading assignments, and learning tasks students need to complete.
  • Narrated presentation(s) – The key materials are delivered via the Internet using streaming video. Students can listen to the narrated lecture and view the corresponding PowerPoint slides.
  • PowerPoint Slides (in PDF format) – PowerPoint slides are provided for the student to download
  • Weekly quiz – Each unit is accompanied by a 10-question self-assessment that aims to have the student apply the knowledge from the unit.
  • Weekly assignment - Each unit has an assignment that helps students apply the theories to practical EHR problems.

Students are responsible for reading all the materials and finishing the corresponding weekly quiz. There is no specific textbook for the course. Readings for each week will include online materials, tutorials and published literature. Some readings and tutorials are made freely available from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

The online portion of this course runs from September through November 2019.

Curriculum and Dates

The following table outlines the Unit titles, learning objectives, and posted dates of the UTHealth 10x10 course:

Course Content Learning Objectives Date Posted
Unit 0: Introduction: Health Information Technology and Patient Safety
  • Define usability
  • Discuss the problem of usability in health information technology
  • Discuss the impact of usability on patient safety
  • Describe the effect of design on medical errors. 
  • Identify potential informatics interventions for medical errors.
September 2
Unit 1: Interface Design: Theoretical background
  • Describe cognitive principles in human interaction with objects 
  • Describe human factors directing human-computer interaction
  • Describe system factors directing human-computer interaction
September 9
Unit 2: An Interface Design Project
  • List the steps in a design project
  • Describe user-centered design cycle
  • Plan a design project
September 16
Unit 3: TURF - Theoretical Foundation
  • List the components of TURF
  • Describe the scientific foundation of TURF
  • Demonstrate how to implement TURF in design project
  • Demonstrate how to implement TURF in evaluation project
September 23
Unit 4: User analysis and Contextual inquiry
  • Identify the role of User analysis in usability
  • Demonstrate how to conduct user analysis
  • Demonstrate how to conduct contextual inquiry
  • Transform results of user analysis and contextual inquiry into design.
  • Plan a user study for interface design
September 30
Unit 5: Functional analysis and Task analysis
  • Identify the role of Functional and Task analyses in usability
  • Demonstrate how to conduct functional analysis
  • List different methods for Task analysis
  • Demonstrate how to conduct task analysis
October 7
Unit 6: Graphic Design Basics and Representational analysis
  • Identify the role of graphic design and representational analysis in usability
  • Transform a design using graphic design principles to improve usability
  • Demonstrate how to conduct representational analysis
October 14
Unit 7: Usability Evaluation and User Experience
  • List methods for usability evaluation
  • Describe each method for usability evaluation
  • Demonstrate how to conduct usability evaluation
  • Identify methods to measure user experience
  • Plan a usability evaluation project
October 21
Unit 8: Interface design models and analytics
  • Describe models - cognitive models, state chart models in interface design
  • Analyze results of user experience survey
  • Analyze results of user testing and user path (behavior)
October 28
Unit 9: Design for People (Topics: Collaboration, Social Networking, Distributed Cognition in Healthcare)
  • Apply principles of team cognition in design.
  • Describe the implications and potential of designing for social networks in healthcare.
November 4
Unit 10: Design for Devices and Connected Health (Topics: Medical Device, Mobile health, Medical Internet of Things, multiple platforms interchange )
  • Describe design challenges for a usable mobile health app
November 11

Course Competencies

Upon successfully finishing the course, the student will attain the following core competencies in the field of health interface design:

  • Professional Perspective. Acquire professional perspective on human-centered design of health interfaces. Understand and analyze the history and values of the user interface design discipline and its relationship to healthcare fields while demonstrating an ability to read, interpret, and critique the core literature.
  • Theories, Principles, and Methods. Master the fundamental theories, principles and methods in health interface design.
  • Problem Identification. Use the methods to identify usability problems of existing products, communicate the findings to developers, designers, decision makers, and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Problem Solving. Use the methods to understand the space of possible solutions and generate designs that capture essential aspects of the solutions.