Using Simulations to Integrate Technology into Health Care Aides' Workflow


  • Sharla King University of Alberta
  • Lili Liu University of Alberta
  • Eleni Stroulia University of Alberta
  • Ioanis Nikolaidis University of Alberta



information communication technologies, mobile devices


Health care aides (HCAs) are critical to home care, providing a range of services to people with chronic conditions, aging or are unable to care for themselves independently. The current HCA supply will not keep up with this increasing demand without fundamental changes in their work environment. One possible solution to some of the workflow challenges and workplace stress of HCAs is hand-held tablet technology. In order to introduce the use of tablets with HCAs, simulations were developed. Once an HCA was comfortable with the tablet, a simulated client was introduced. The HCA interacted with the simulated client and used the tablet applications to assist with providing care. After the simulations, the HCAs participated in a focus group. HCAs completed a survey before and after the tablet training and simulation to determine their perception and acceptance of the tablet. Future deployment and implementation of technologies in home care should be further evaluated for outcomes.

Author Biographies

Sharla King, University of Alberta

Dr. King is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons.

Lili Liu, University of Alberta

Chair and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

Eleni Stroulia, University of Alberta

Professor, NSERC/AITF (w. IBM support) IRC on "Service Systems Management", Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science

Ioanis Nikolaidis, University of Alberta

Professor, Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science




How to Cite

King, S., Liu, L., Stroulia, E., & Nikolaidis, I. (2013). Using Simulations to Integrate Technology into Health Care Aides’ Workflow. International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning (iJAC), 6(2), pp. 28–31.