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The Microsoft Health Common User Interface (CUI) is a site conceived by Microsoft providing user interface Design Guidance and Toolkit controls that address a wide range of patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations worldwide. Microsoft has created it in order to allow a new generation of safer, more usable and compelling health applications to be quickly and easily created.

The MS CUI site is aimed at user interface designers, application developers and patient safety experts who want to find out more about the benefits of a standardized approach to user interface design.

Kirsten Disse, who works at MS CUI as a user experience consultant, just alerted me to the launch of CUI’s Patient Journey Demonstrator, that she was responsible for. It is a technology demonstrator looking at the future of clinical software applications.

The Patient Journey Demonstrator conceptualizes an end-to-end journey where a specific clinical scenario is used to illustrate how an integrated, patient-centric care record can transition seamlessly between care settings. It demonstrates how data can be accessed and entered from many of the care sources experienced along the patient journey.

In this scenario, a man with suspected heart disease is examined by his family doctor. Using decision support tools, his doctor decides that the best course of action is to refer him for further tests. The scenario then tracks the activities that take place from the initial consultation through secondary care to an Angiogram.