Title: Physician interaction with mobile and wireless handheld devices: data entry and retrieval challenges

Authors: Mihail Cocosila, Norm Archer

Addresses: DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada. ' DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada

Abstract: A pro-active approach in dealing with illnesses and conditions can be supported in today|s dynamic world by mobile and wireless healthcare applications. This paper first systematically presents physician communication and information needs that could be addressed by mobile and wireless solutions. However, there are a number of issues in deploying such solutions, and these are described next. Finally, we discuss several types of application requirements and their related peculiarities and difficulties from the physician|s viewpoint and we address these requirements from a human-computer interaction perspective.

Keywords: mobile communications; wireless devices; handheld devices; PDA; cell phones; healthcare applications; data entry; data retrieval; physician needs; human-computer interaction; HCI; electronic healthcare; e-healthcare; smart phones; mobile information; personal digital assistants.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2006.008434

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2006 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.233 - 251

Published online: 20 Dec 2005 *

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