Usability Testing Results for a Mobile Medical Transition Application

  • Jeremy DixonEmail author
  • Josh Dehlinger
  • Shannan DeLany Dixon
  • Joyram Chakraborty
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9747)


The use of mobile applications to assist with healthcare management is becoming increasingly present today. Healthcare consumers are demanding technologies that promote self-directed healthcare management; additionally, healthcare practitioners are utilizing these technologies to share ownership of healthcare responsibility. One aspect of healthcare that is common is the process of medical transition. Medical transition is when an individual shifts from a pediatric to adult healthcare team. As an individual’s medical history becomes more complex, often due to a chronic medical condition, the medical transition process is often complicated. To address this, a mobile application was designed and developed to assist patients undergoing medical transition. This paper extends previous work by presenting the results of the first round of usability testing on the mobile application.


Mobile applications Differently-abled technologies Human-computer interaction Accessibility 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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