An example of an application of the semiotic inspection method in the domain of computerized patient record system
Paper i proceeding, 2013

Efficiently navigating through an interface and conducting work tasks in flow is what GUI designers strive for. Dental professionals, who alternate between examination and treatment of a patient and insertion of data into the Computerized Patient Record system, particularly need an interface that would facilitate the workflow. In this paper we present an inspection evaluation of an existing and widely used Computerized Patient Record system. The Semiotic Inspection Method was applied with the expectation that the method could provide evidence that task flow, navigation and wayfinding were major usability issues of the interface. Also expected was that the Semiotic Inspection would reveal the means and strategies used in the interface in order to communicate the flow. The analysis conducted using the Semiotic Inspection Method showed inconsistencies in the communication of the way forward through the interface. In addition, the profile of the users, regarding digital skills, appears to be ambiguous. Finally, the strategies used in the interface for conveying the workflow could be identified as well.

Computerized Patient Record System (CPR)

Semiotic Inspection Method (SIM)



Interface Navigation

Expert Usability Evaluation


Weronika Tancredi

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi

Olof Torgersson

Göteborgs universitet

Studies in Health Technology and Informatics

0926-9630 (ISSN)

Vol. 192 1-2 471-475


Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)





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