Usability: Google+ Interface

Whether you think Google can topple Facebook or not, one thing is undeniable about the field test of Google’s new social networking platform, Google +: the interface is clean, simple and straightforward. It’s a relief for anyone who is sick and tired of Facebook’s overly cluttered interface and less-than-intuitive menus for handling privacy.

Technology: The iPad Buzz, Usability and the Health Care Industry

Yesterday, Apple unveiled the iPad to the world in San Francisco and the online ‘verse promptly went nuts with the blogging, tweeting etc. about the device and whether or not it was as cool as everyone expected or if it fell short. One of the most common things I’ve heard people saying over and over again, in many cases in a highly disparaging tone is: “Oh it’s just a big iTouch. Why would you want to use something of that size when you can just stick your iPhone or similar device in your pocket?”

I have an answer for that: many pocket devices are too small to actually provide many users with a comfortable user experience for consuming the type of media that we want to be able to consume.

Usability: Computer Systems Can Save Hospitals Money If Done Right

An article on SlashDot today references a study at Harvard that claims that electronic systems in hospitals are not in fact, saving them any money. The post on SlashDot is short and doesn’t really delve into the issues. The actual article that reviews the study in ComputerWorld does however hit the real problem right on the nose: most systems are not designed with health care practitioners in mind.

Collaboration: GoogleDocs for Proposal Writing

In an August 28th article, eWeek covers some of the recent changes and upcoming challenges facing Google Apps including Google Docs.

One of the most exciting statements from the lead product manager for collaboration states that: “…Google wants to make sure that Apps users can not only pull into Docs and Sites any document created in Office, but that they can also push those documents from Apps back to Office, all without losing formatting fidelity.”

Usability: AFHCAN Telemedicine Carts

AFHCAN » ATA 2009.

I’m currently enrolled in a Master’s of Health Administration, Informatics program with the University of Phoenix. Our assignment this week was to analyze a trend in healthcare and given my specialization within the degree, I chose telemedicine as my topic.

Through the course of my research for the paper, I found an article referencing AFHCAN and the implementation of mobile telemedicine carts for widespread use in Alaska outside of urban centers. What I found most interesting in this article, was the creativity of the networking solution that was put into place to provide remote locations with large volumes of information, including x-rays and graphics.