Since November 2004, Microsoft has been working with the
National Health Service (NHS) in England to help improve patient safety through
the NHS Common
User Interface (CUI) Programme. As part of this, through extensive
research with healthcare and I.T. professionals, Microsoft
has been creating user interface Design Guidance and supporting Toolkit controls,
with the intention of providing a common look and feel for NHS systems.
In June 2007, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Health Common User Interface Website.
This provides a mechanism for publicly releasing the Design Guidance and Toolkit
controls with the intention to:
Since then, Microsoft Health CUI has provided regular releases of the Design Guidance
and Toolkit controls in a format suitable for public use. As part of future envisioning,
Microsoft Health CUI has published
demonstrators to explore how emerging and established technologies could
be used for healthcare applications.
To date, Microsoft has worked with numerous Independent Software Vendors, helping
them to develop safer and consistent user interfaces, which successfully incorporate
the needs of the healthcare industry.
Patient safety is a top priority within the global healthcare industry and is paramount
to all design and development of Microsoft Health CUI Design Guidance and Toolkit
controls. This is assured through the use of a set of Patient Safety Principles,
which are also of importance to organizations, such as the
World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA).
Microsoft Health CUI is committed to helping healthcare providers improve patient
safety and increase clinical productivity. This is achieved through a program
of user research that includes a variety of structured activities involving clinicians,
patient safety experts, and other potential end-users.
"The Microsoft Health CUI is a key building block to increasing application
time-to-market, clinician productivity and increasing patient safety across the
Roger Killen, Managing Director - The Learning Clinic
The following are examples of how clinical and software providers are involved in
the Microsoft Health CUI research activities:
If you are a healthcare professional and would like to be involved in Microsoft
Health CUI research activities, please visit
NHS Connecting for Health - Events Online.
Where applicable at feature level, the Microsoft Health CUI Design Guidance and supporting Toolkit controls adhere to the guidelines defined by the following leading authorities in patient safety:
An effective, rigorous and iterative design and development process is used to create
the Microsoft Health CUI Design Guidance and supporting Toolkit controls, involving
patient safety risk assessments with a wide range of clinical and healthcare professionals
throughout the process. The Delivery
Lifecycle provides you with further insight into the activities that make
up this process.
The development of the Microsoft Health CUI Design Guidance and Toolkit controls
is an ongoing and iterative process that is devised to constantly improve patient
safety. As such, regular updates to these will be made available through the Microsoft
Health CUI Website.
For all future releases, the controls will be developed in
Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Microsoft® Silverlight™.
These will be designed to integrate seamlessly with ASP.NET and WinForms, therefore
ensuring that existing controls do not become obsolete. The
Technology Roadmap provides a breakdown of the versions of the controls that are available
now and in the future.