Love it or hate it, social media does something right. With 65% of adults using it, there’s something about social media people like. It’s easy to like its intuitive user interface (UI), design, and functionality.
You know, UI is that aspect of a social media site that causes you know exactly how to use it the first time you log on. The more powerful a website or application is and the more information it digests and displays, the more important it is to fight for simplicity of use.
With the vast amount of important information that’s poured into and managed by healthcare software, why shouldn’t social media-esque UI not be applied there? It saves in personnel training and everyday use; not to mention it’s nicer to look at day in and day out.
How to apply social media style to healthcare software:
1. Simplify design
The human brain has a lot to do in any given moment. When it comes to processing information on a screen, the brain processes only a few pieces of data at a time. Beyond about five elements, it will switch gears to handle large information influx in a different way.
Healthcare software has a lot of information to digest and share and a lot of user functions to offer. However, simple design shouldn’t be sacrificed here. Though it may mean more clicks per function, users will figure out what to click faster when design is simple and text is minimal. Like road signs, clever, well-designed icons should be used to guide users to their desired locations.
2. Use what works
Facebook works. So does Twitter, Reddit, Instagram…you name it. When trying to create user friendly healthcare software, why reinvent the wheel? Integrate feeds, commenting, instant messaging, liking and up-voting, and more into your healthcare software. It’s functionality users already understand.
3. Go mobile
Your healthcare software doesn’t have to be relegated to a desktop computer or a large trolley-style setup. Put your clinic or hospital’s application at the fingertips of your users via tablets.
We’re not just talking care providers’ usability. What if you could integrate patient apps to give them access to scheduling, records and prescription updates, or streamline communication with their doctors, nurses, and other workers?
4. Make it familiar
Humans like familiarity and with so many humans on social media, it’s something that is universally familiar. True, as users learn their workplace’s software, familiarity grows. Though, as complex as healthcare software is, it’s unlikely users understand every function it offers. When the rare time hits they need to utilize an unlikely function, familiar social media style interface makes it that much easier to work through complex, or at least unfamiliar, operations.
At 8th Day Software, we specialize in healthcare software development. We believe an application’s intuitive, easy-to-use solutions are foundational to true software elegance.