Track Information

Track Name

2024 Description

2024 Chairs


Digital Health The Digital Health track focuses on a range of software and digital technology used by patients, caregivers, and clinicians to manage health and wellness in the home and clinical settings. Areas include AI/ML applications, clinical decision support and large language models (LLMs), consumer (OTC) mobile and wearable health apps, software as a medical device (SaMD), telehealth platforms, electronic and personal health records and management portals, home health technologies, and other digital health software applications and interfaces.

Jeremy Schwark




Sadaf Kazi

Simulation and Education


The simulation and education track focuses on the intersection between HF/E and modern simulation capabilities within the healthcare context. This includes human-systems integration of simulation into modern medical education, use of simulation for skills training, testing of new technologies for in-hospital or at-home health systems design. Also addressed in this track are the use of AR/VR technologies in the development and application of education and training in the pursuit of patient, provider, and organizational outcomes.

Rich Simonson





Ashley Hughes

Hospital Environments


The Hospital Environments Track focuses on the social-technical challenges, the human machine partnerships, and the unique complexity that is healthcare delivery today. This track's content strives to present practical examples of how to apply clinically informed HF/E principles and best practices to design processes, procedures, tools and technology in the healthcare setting in order to facilitate better clinical outcomes. We aim for a mix of traditional projects and cases studies, as well as wider experiences and perspectives from both HF/E practitioners and clinicians in implementing human factors and ergonomics principles at the clinical front line. Research and QI projects reporting implementation efforts and outlining feasible solutions to HF/E issues in healthcare environments are especially welcomed/encouraged. Topics include, but are not limited to: (1) Physical considerations, such as environmental design and layout, postural ergonomics, equipment design, information displays, alarms and safe patient handling equipment. (2) Cognitive considerations, including learning, memory, judgment, decision making, and cognitive workload. (3) Emotional/motivational factors, such as burnout and stress. (4) Sociocultural factors such as teamwork, communication, production pressures, and the interaction between health care providers and their environment.


Myrtede Alfred




Kristen Webster

Medical and Drug Delivery Services

The Medical and Drug-Delivery Device Track focuses on the application of HF and UX principles and methods to design, evaluate, and validate the user interfaces (hardware, software, instructions, packaging) of medical devices and combination products. Devices covered include those intended for use in highly specialized clinical environments, as well as home use and over-the-counter (OTC) devices. This year's track will strive to include content geared towards advanced practitioners that pushes the boundaries of current practice and conventional thinking, as well as best practices, regulatory trends, and case studies. This track will benefit developing and advanced practitioners and companies new to the discipline.


Erin Davis





Michael Lau

Patient Safety Research and Initiatives The Patient Safety Research and Initiatives (PSRI) Track focuses on the multidisciplinary work aimed at improving the quality and safety of various healthcare practices. Relevant topics include patient ergonomics, healthcare resilience, health equity and healthcare disparities, teamwork and team performance, healthcare-associated infections (HAIs; including in-hospital transmission of COVID-19), interesting patient safety incident cases, novel patient safety analysis and investigation methods, innovative and sustainable solutions for patient safety, and other insightful approaches to addressing existing and emerging hazards to patients.

Changwon Son





Liza Papautsky