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Adapted User-Centered Design: A Strategy for the Higher User Acceptance of Innovative e-Health Services
Iskratel, Ltd., Kranj, Ljubljanska cesta 24a, Kranj SI 4000, Slovenia
Medical Faculty, University of Maribor, Slomškov Trg 15, Maribor SI 2000, Slovenia
Telekom Slovenije d.d., Cigaletova 15, Ljubljana SI 1000, Slovenia
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Received: 18 June 2012; in revised form: 14 August 2012 / Accepted: 16 August 2012 / Published: 27 August 2012
Abstract: Being familiar with all the benefits of e-Health and the strategic plan for the Slovenian health sector’s informatization, Telekom Slovenia and the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Maribor, along with other partners, have initiated an e-Health project. The project group is developing various e-Health services that are based on modern ICT (information and communications technology) solutions and will be available on several screens. In order to meet the users’ needs and expectations and, consequently, achieve the high acceptance of e-Health services, the user-centered design (UCD) approach was employed in the e-Health project. However, during the research it was found that conventional UCD methods are not completely appropriate for older adults: the target population of the e-Health services. That is why the selected UCD methods were modified and adapted for older adults. The modified UCD methods used in the research study are presented in this paper. Using the results of the adapted UCD methods, a prototype for a service named MedReminder was developed. The prototype was evaluated by a group of 12 study participants. The study participants evaluated the MedReminder service as acceptable with a good potential for a high adoption rate among its target population, i.e., older adults.
Keywords: CT; e-Health; MedReminder; user-centered design; modification; adaptation; older adults
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Stojmenova, E.; Imperl, B.; Žohar, T.; Dinevski, D. Adapted User-Centered Design: A Strategy for the Higher User Acceptance of Innovative e-Health Services. Future Internet 2012, 4, 776-787.
Stojmenova E, Imperl B, Žohar T, Dinevski D. Adapted User-Centered Design: A Strategy for the Higher User Acceptance of Innovative e-Health Services. Future Internet. 2012; 4(3):776-787.
Stojmenova, Emilija; Imperl, Bojan; Žohar, Tomaž; Dinevski, Dejan. 2012. "Adapted User-Centered Design: A Strategy for the Higher User Acceptance of Innovative e-Health Services." Future Internet 4, no. 3: 776-787.