Adaptive user interfaces for health care applications

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Krish Ramachandran

Date archived: January 4, 2017 | First published: January 20, 2009

Adaptive user interfaces assist users in accomplishing tasks in an application and construct a model of the user's preferences so as to serve them better in the future. Examples include systems that filter news stories, recommend products, and so on. This approach to personalized services is relatively new but has great potential for improving the effectiveness of human-computer interfaces. Health care is a significant area where adaptive user interfaces can be of great use. Health care users range from having little computer knowledge (for example, some nurses or doctors) to having expert computer knowledge (for example, system administrators). And, there can be many other distinguishing factors when it comes to patients. Therefore, adapting a computer application's interface to different types of users is important to improve the usability of such applications. Two major techniques used for adaptation are adaptive presentation and adaptive navigation. Adaptive presentation involves personalizing the contents presented to the user. Adaptive navigation involves customizing ways by which users complete their tasks in the application. These techniques can be used to enhance the usability of health care applications, thereby contributing to their success.

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