BioSense Usability Testing at NACCHO Annual – Tuesday and Wednesday July 8-9, 2014!

Please see the below invite for an exciting opportunity on BioSense usability testing at the NACCHO Annual Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9, 2014!

The BioSense Redesign team would like to invite you to participate in our one-on-one usability testing sessions at the upcoming NACCHO conference in Atlanta, GA on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 8-9, 2014. Below you will find further details. Thank you for your interest.

The CDC BioSense Program provides local, state, and federal partners a timely regional and national picture of trends in disease syndromes and situation awareness. BioSense has been redesigned by RTI International to shift the program’s focus to meet the needs of stakeholders and end users in state and local health departments, CDC programs, hospitals, and other federal agencies (i.e. DoD and VA) to improve regional and national coverage. You can learn more about the Program by watching this brief video: and visiting the BioSense Collaboration Site

A major part of the redesign is to conducting one-on-one user testing sessions with potential users of BioSense 2.0. This allows us to collect feedback which is then used make enhancements and updates to the application.

We are attending the upcoming NACCHO conference with the hope of meeting public health professionals to conduct user testing and discuss the application. We are particularly interested in working with epidemiologists and those responsible for disease surveillance activities in their health departments.

By taking part in this evaluation, you have the opportunity to influence the design of BioSense 2.0. If you are interested in meeting with us, please contact us at and we will work with you to schedule a convenient time.

The session will consist of three activities:


We’ll provide you with an introduction to the BioSense 2.0 application and demonstrate some of its features. You’ll be free to ask anything you like about the application.

Scenario-based process

We will describe real-world scenarios to you, and ask you to use the application to work through the activities. The computer used to complete the tasks on BioSense 2.0 will capture data such as time on task, navigation of the site, and visual areas of interest that will help us to determine the best redesign of BioSense 2.0.

Complete the System Usability Scale

In this final portion of the session, we will ask you to complete a few questions about your experience with the system.

Please click on the below link for more information



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