Design Aspect Good Problematic
System as a whole
  • Easily identify key information: contraction, blood pressure, heart beat [1]
  • Straight forward, easy to use [5]
  • Usable for experienced user (maybe inexperienced as well) [5]
  • Gives vital information
  • Ugly [6]
  • Too much information for a patient [1]
  • Very data driven and “techie” [2]
  • Foreign technology to a patient [2]
  • Not able to definitely identify features – guessing necessary [4]
  • Experimentation with device needed for understanding [5]
  • Not flexible to new user [5]
  • Reduce number of features [5]
Layout
  • Clean, not crowded for easy readability [1]
  • Aesthetically pleasing [6]
  • Need medical knowledge to identify all features
  • Layout not consistent for every feature [3]
Background
  • Black background provides good contrast [1]
  • Red on black is not easy to read [6]
Fetal Heart Rate Numbers
  • Large, spread out, colored for easy readability, good contrast, sharp [1]
  • Color coding (ex. Yellow= warning) [1]
  • Consistent colors used [3]
  • Font larger for more important numbers consistently [3]
  • FHR symbols look the same and have same meaning [3]
  • Based on heart rate, contraction can be identified when rate goes up or down [4]
  • Color aesthetically pleasing [6]
 
  • Small numbers difficult to read [1]
Symbols/Pictures
  • Pictorial cardiograph good for quick viewing [1]
  • Cardiograph big clue of healthcare [4]
  • Lack of pictorial usage for conducive for patient [2]
 
Warning
  • Smaller size warning may startle patient less [1]
  • Auditory feature to alert of a problem [1]
  • Not obvious what it relates to and should be larger since it is an important warning [1]
Buttons
  • Buttons all consistently the same size and format[3]
  • Appear as touch screen [4]
  • Menu button lacking graphics and not consistent with computer standards such as Windows [3]
*Bold comments represent the feedback that was mentioned more than once
Table 2: Design Pros and Cons Identified during Heuristic Analysis.