The Impact of Usability on Patient Safety in Long-Term Care

  • Fuad AbujaradEmail author
  • Sarah J. Swierenga
  • Toni A. Dennis
  • Lori A. Post
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9191)


Our best practice approach to pre-employment Real-Time Screening (RTS) demonstrates how health information technology positively impacts organizational communication practices, which is essential for effective public health management. Using user-centered design methodologies has improved the effectiveness of the background check system in a complex organizational environment under challenging time constraints. Using cutting edge technology and a user-focused design process the research team has developed a system that allows users to seamlessly move highly-sensitive, complex information swiftly, efficiently and securely.


Criminal background checks Real-time screening Long-term care health information technology Usability User-centered design Patient safety 



This research was funded through a grant between Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and Michigan State University, Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting: Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services). Michigan Workforce Background CheckEnhancement. Grant # 1A1CMS331188-0-00. Principal Investigator: Toni Dennis (Prime), 5/20/13–05/19/16, $1,500,000. MSU Subaward Grant # BHCS/MSU-CMS NBCP 2013-2016. Principal Investigator of MSU Subaward: Sarah J. Swierenga. Yale University Subaward from Grant # (1A1CMS331188-0-00). Principal Investigator of Yale Subaward: Fuad Abujarad.

We sincerely appreciate the contributions of Thi Nguyen for creating the test scenarios in the system and providing technical support, as well as Tim Decloniemaclennan and Phil Deaton for assistance with the tagging the video recordings.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fuad Abujarad
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarah J. Swierenga
    • 2
  • Toni A. Dennis
    • 3
  • Lori A. Post
    • 1
  1. 1.Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Usability/Accessibility Research and Consulting Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Department of Licensing and Regulatory AffairsState of MichiganLansingUSA

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