The usability of videophones for seniors and hospice providers: A brief report of two studies

Debra R. Parker Oliver, George Demiris, Davina Porock

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Abstract

This article uses a human factors evaluation framework to assess the usability of commercially available videophone technology. One study focuses on minimally functionally impaired seniors living in an assisted living facility. The second study focuses on usability for hospice staff. Seniors found the technology easy to use and were willing to accept the equipment in their homes, especially if requested by a healthcare provider. Administrators and hospice care providers also reported that the videophones were easy to use and would be of benefit to the patients they care for. The results indicate that videophones are a promising intervention with identifiable limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)782-790
Number of pages9
JournalComputers in Biology and Medicine
Volume35
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

Keywords

  • Hospice
  • Human factors model
  • Seniors
  • Technology
  • Telehospice
  • Telemedicine
  • Usability
  • Videophones

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