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The Design and Usability Testing of a Mobile Application to Aid in Child-to-Adult-Care Transition

  • Jeremy Dixon
  • Josh Dehlinger
  • Shannan DeLany Dixon
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 373)

Abstract

As mobile devices become more central in our lives, accessibility and utility for users becomes essential. The widespread availability of mobile devices introduces a number of challenges to traditional software engineering including: 1. mobile user interfaces differ from traditional interfaces; and, 2. the diversity of mobile platforms. As part of a larger research effort, this poster presents the design, implementation and initial testing of a mobile application aimed at helping the child-to-adult-care transition process for children with chronic disease. Based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the application will help guide patients through four main components of transition: 1. assess transition readiness; 2. plan the transition; 3. implement the transition; and, 4. help document the transition. The design, implementation and testing of a mobile application may ease the transition process. By leveraging modern cross-compilation tools, this application can be implemented on multiple mobile platforms. This will lead to a variety of users, including those who may be differently-abled, to have a more fluid transition to their new health care providers.

Keywords

mobile applications human-computer interaction accessibility 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeremy Dixon
    • 1
  • Josh Dehlinger
    • 1
  • Shannan DeLany Dixon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesTowson UniversityTowsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Maryland - School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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