Assessing the usability by clinicians of VISION: A hierarchical display of patient-collected physiological information to clinicians

BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2017 Apr 14;17(1):41. doi: 10.1186/s12911-017-0435-3.


Background: The inability of patients to accurately and completely recount their clinical status between clinic visits reduces the clinician's ability to properly manage their patients. One way to improve this situation is to collect objective patient information while the patients are at home and display the collected multi-day clinical information in parallel on a single screen, highlighting threshold violations for each channel, and allowing the viewer to drill down to any analog signal on the same screen, while maintaining the overall physiological context of the patient. All this would be accomplished in a way that was easy for the clinician to view and use.

Methods: Patients used five mobile devices to collect six heart failure-related clinical variables: body weight, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, pulse rate, blood oxygen saturation, physical activity, and subjective input. Fourteen clinicians practicing in a heart failure clinic rated the display using the System Usability Scale that, for acceptability, had an expected mean of 68 (SD, 12.5). In addition, we calculated the Intraclass Correlation Coefficient of the clinician responses using a two-way, mixed effects model, ICC (3,1).

Results: We developed a single-screen temporal hierarchical display (VISION) that summarizes the patient's home monitoring activities between clinic visits. The overall System Usability Scale score was 92 (95% CI, 87-97), p < 0.0001; the ICC was 0.89 (CI, 0.79-0.97), p < 0.0001.

Conclusion: Clinicians consistently found VISION to be highly usable. To our knowledge, this is the first single-screen, parallel variable, temporal hierarchical display of both continuous and discrete information acquired by patients at home between clinic visits that presents clinically significant information at the point of care in a manner that is usable by clinicians.

Keywords: Heart failure; Home monitoring; Informatics; Patient-generated data; Visual display.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Weight
  • Data Display*
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / diagnosis*
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Applications
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / methods
  • Oxygen / blood
  • Patient Participation
  • Prospective Studies
  • Self Care*


  • Oxygen