Practice Areas

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles are high-level concepts describing how users should interact with health information systems. These principles should guide the design and evaluation of new technologies.

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles are derived by applying what is known about human limits in cognitive processing and sensory perception to solve common interaction design goals (related to enabling users to carry out tasks effectively, efficiently, and safely). Principles are not intended to be prescriptive; rather, they serve as guidelines to follow and problems to avoid when designing a user interface.

We’ve compiled evidence-based design principles and guidelines from various authoritative sources, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and organized the information to improve access to health IT project teams.

Alerts

Accessibility

Affordances

Buttons

Clinical Decisions Support

Conceptual Model

Content Organization

Controls

Customizability

Data Entry

Efficiency

Error Prevention, Detection, and Recovery

External Consistency

Feedback

Information Density

Internal Consistency

Language

Metaphor

Multi-Patient Displays

Navigation

Patient Identification

Searching the Patient Record

Security

Status Indication

User Support

Visual Design – Color

Visual Design – General

Visual Design – Graphics

Visual Design – Typography

Workflow