FluView interactive: using user-centered design and usability heuristics to improve visualization of influenza information


Given the periodic nature of influenza activity, it is important to develop visualization tools that enable enhanced decision-making. User-Centered Design is a set of software development methodologies that primarily employ user needs to develop applications. Similarly, Usability Heuristics provide a set of rules that increase the performance of user interfaces, and ease of use. We combined some of these techniques to develop FluView Interactive, a prototype that will enable users to better understand influenza information.



The objective of this study is to report on the use of User-Centered Design and Usability Heuristics to improve visualization of influenza-related information at the national level. The intention of the prototype is to make data more accessible to different stakeholders including the general public, public health officials at the local and state level, and other experts.

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December, 2010

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