Compliance of Blood Donation Apps with Mobile OS Usability Guidelines

Sofia Ouhbi, José Luis Fernández-Alemán, José Rivera Pozo, Manal El Bajta, Ambrosio Toval, Ali Idri

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The aim of this paper is to employ the guidelines of Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone to analyze the usability compliance of free blood donation (BD) apps. An analysis process based on a systematic review protocol is used to select free BD apps. An assessment is conducted using a questionnaire composed of 13 questions concerning the compliance of free BD apps with Android, Blackberry, iOS and Windows Phone usability guidelines. A total of 133 free BD apps have been selected from the 188 BD apps identified. Around 63 % of the free BD apps selected have a good compliance with mobile OS usability recommendations. Around 72 % of Android, 57 % of Windows Phone, 33 % of iOS and 33 % of Blackberry BD apps have a high usability score. The aspect of BD app behavior should be improved along with some style components: the use of pictures to explain ideas and the adaptation of the app to both horizontal and vertical orientations. Structure patterns should also be used to improve the structure aspect of a BD app. Usability is a quality aspect that should be improved in current BD apps. Our study provides smartphone users with a list of usable free BD apps and BD app developers with recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
JournalJournal of Medical Systems
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Android
  • Blackberry
  • Blood donation
  • IOS
  • Mobile application
  • Usability
  • Windows phone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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