How Usable is Your App or Device?? How to Improve your Digital App for a Global Community

Presented by
  • Anita Walden
  • Jennifer Gan
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    Anita Walden

    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Department of Biomedical Informatics and Center for Health Literacy

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    Jennifer Gan

    UAMS Center for Health Literacy, Research Faculty

    How Usable is Your App or Device?? How to Improve your Digital App for a Global Community

    WorkshopUX DesignIntermediateEnglish
    Mobile applications and devices are ubiquitous across the globe especially when it comes to digital health and wellness. There are many apps or devices that were developed with good intent but it resulted in very little use. With the various options that are available how does an app or device stand out in a very crowded app store? There are apps and devices that meet the needs of people in one part of the country may not meet the needs of a local, rural or sub population. This interactive workshop, held by Jennifer Gan and Anita Walden of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will discuss methods and techniques used to improve apps and mobile devices that could potentially increase the use across a growing diverse global population. We will provide examples and exercises to help you understand some of the principles used to ensure health and technology literacy is applied during app or device development and validation phases. We will also identify and discuss a couple of apps that have usability challenges and ways to improve them.

    About Anita Walden

    Anita Walden is a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, her research interests are in international data standards, EHR data integration for clinical research, and implementation mobile technologies for underserved and rural communities to improve healthcare access and health outcomes. She is also an industry educator and trainer in data management, clinical research informatics and mobile health technologies with the Society of Clinical Data Management (SCDM).


    About Jennifer Gan

    As research faculty instructor at the UAMS Center for Health Literacy (CHL), Jennifer is actively engaged in writing grants, establishing research collaborations, and managing clinical research projects. Before joining CHL, she worked as deputy director of clinical research for a clinic in California specializing in the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. She has managed multiple clinical research projects, a surgical resident educational program, and an international robot-assisted laparoscopic surgical training program at the University of California Irvine (UCI). She also managed the statewide NSF-funded Louis Stokes California Alliance for Minority Participation, promoting undergraduate research for underrepresented minorities across all UC campuses. As a member of the UAMS Digital Health Working Group, she is working with a team to provide clinicians and researchers guidance in the development and use of digital health technologies, such as mobile apps, wearable biomonitors, and predictive analytics. Jennifer has an undergraduate degree in sociology and a master’s degree from the Health Care Executive MBA program at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business.