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The psychology behind CareDirector dashboards

Data-driven decisions are extremely important within healthcare, giving the dashboard a very important role. With its interactive and intuitive interface and its ability to visualise data in a single screen, it’s becoming a critical tool in the hands of healthcare professionals. That is why the new CareDirector Mental Health Solution has been designed with a renewed focus on data visualisation via dashboards. But what is it that makes dashboards so appealing to the human mind? What is it that the human brain seeks that is so nicely provided by dashboards?

Desire to Control

From an evolutionary standpoint, if we are in control of our environment we have a better chance of survival. Our subconscious mind prepares us for all kinds of danger based on our perceived level of control. Dashboards give you that control by heightening your awareness of a situation.

CareDirector dashboards use a three-pronged strategy to establish a sense of control:

  1. Giving you a clear understanding of things to help establish a feeling of clarity
  2. Giving you the resources to predict outcomes and plan care pathways
  3. Helping you complete critical tasks in time to avoid last-minute panic

Limited Short-Term Memory

The human brain can’t store much information in the short-term memory and that this is especially true when bombarded with multiple pieces of data in rapid succession. By displaying all relevant information on a single screen within a user’s eye span, CareDirector dashboards reduce the dependence on the short-term memory. Dashboards work around the limits of short-term memory in three ways:

  1. Using chart and graphs to reduce the dependence on short-term memory
  2. Providing a summary screen with drill-down options
  3. Splitting data across tabs and placing all related data under one tab

Ease of Use

A good dashboard is a simple dashboard. Dashboards within CareDirector appear familiar, are intuitive and can be accessed on any modern device. Paper based patient records leave room for human error, run the risk of data being lost can take up a lot of time. CareDirector’s digital dashboards eliminate all of these problems by placing data in one, easily accessed place.

The product designers at CareWorks kept the needs of its end users in mind when creating this new product. People like being in control, they have a limited short-term memory, and they love things that are simple. These are three essential factors that form the foundation of CareDirector dashboards to help you do your job more efficiently. Find out more about the CareDirector Mental Health Solution today, email [email protected]

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