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Symposium Chair
  • Joseph R. Keebler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Symposium Cochair

  • Anthony D. Andre, Interface Analysis Associates & San Jose State University

The 2019 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care Program Committee consists of experts in a wide variety of domains and organizations.

The following descriptions provide further details about the types of submissions that are sought for each track.

Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT Track

Hospital Environments Track

Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices Track

Patient Safety Research and Initiatives Track

"Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" Student Design Competition

Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT Track

The Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT Track advances a range of health IT (HIT) areas that affect clinicians, patients, and caregivers. Areas include electronic and personal health records and portals, clinical decision support, alarms and alerts, applications on mobile devices, telehealth, and consumer and "in-the-home" technologies. We seek papers in any relevant topic area that:

  • Demonstrate the role of HIT in integrating practice in distributed environments to achieve patient safety, clinician efficiency and effectiveness, and personal and public health and wellness outcomes

  • Discuss the current and/or potential role of HF/E methods and approaches in HIT purchasing processes and decisions, implementation and optimization, and end user tailoring, including the current and future roles of standards and government policy

  • Present applied research that helps better understand individual users, user tasks, user communities, hospital organizations, and sociotechnical/macroergonomics dimensions, including any potential for unintended consequences

  • Present new directions in innovation for user interface design, implementation, and decision support across multiple platforms, such as mobile and touch interfaces, with the integration of augmented or virtual reality, or the use of machine learning or predictive analytics.

Track Chairs

  • Emily Patterson, Ohio State University 

  • Jason Saleem, University of Louisville

Committee Members

  • Janey Barnes , User-View

  • Ellen J. Bass, Drexel University

  • A. Zachary Hettinger, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare - MedStar Health

  • Richard J. Holden, Indiana University - Indianapolis

  • Richard L. Horst, UserWorks, Inc.

  • Heidi Kramer, University of Utah

  • Karen Dunn Lopez, University of Illinois Chicago

  • Laura G. Militello, Applied Decision Science, LLC

  • Anne Miller, Cerner Corporation

  • Priya R. Pennathur, University of Iowa

  • Michelle L. Rogers, Drexel University

  • Clayton Rothwell, Ohio State University

  • Rupa S. Valdez, University of Virginia

  • Wayne Zachary, Starship Health Technologies

Hospital Environments Track

The Hospital Environments Track focuses on the professional and technical issues of applying HF/E principles to design processes, devices, and systems supporting the work of health care personnel and impacting the care and safety of patients. 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 principles at the clinical front line. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical considerations, such as environmental design and layout, equipment design, information displays, alarms and safe patient handling equipment

  • Cognitive considerations, including learning, memory, judgment, decision making, and cognitive workload

  • Emotional/motivational factors, such as burnout and stress

  • Sociocultural factors such as teamwork, communication, production pressures, and the interaction between health care providers and their environment.

We particularly seek proposals that explore HF/E from the clinician’s perspective; HF/E professionals working with safety, quality and other hospital teams; case studies and lessons learned from successful (and unsuccessful) projects; practical explorations of simulation use; and the development of hospital HF/E capabilities.

Track Chairs:

  • Tara Cohen, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Ken Catchpole, Medical University of South Carolina

Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices Track

The Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices Track focuses on the application of human factors/user experience to the design and evaluation of medical devices and combination products. We seek exemplary submissions on the following topics:

  • Identifying user needs and generating design requirements based on contextual inquiry and ethnographic research

  • Applying HF principles in the development and evaluation of different training methodologies

  • Identifying effective methods for developing comprehensive and appropriately scaled use-related risk analyses

  • Simulating appropriately representative use environments and factors that are likely to affect device use

  • Describing formative and HF validation testing best practices consistent with regulatory expectations

  • Describing case studies and lessons learned from successful and unsuccessful HF validation tests

  • Applying recent FDA guidance on combination devices, including guidance focused on generic drugs and interchangeable biosimilars

  • Exploring new frontiers in designing for nonclinical use environments

  • Discussing other human factors/user experience best practices and lessons learned.

Track Chairs:

  • Kevin Ten Brink, Intuitive Surgical
  • Allison Strochlic, Emergo by UL

Patient Safety Research and Initiatives Track

The Patient Safety Research and Initiatives Track advances the multidisciplinary collaboration between patients and health care providers to improve the quality and safety of health care. Placing patients at the center of research and initiatives, providers and researchers focus on the delivery of equitable care for all. We seek papers in any relevant topic area, including:

  • Demonstrating the translation and implementation of research that supports evidence-based interventions within health care systems, including a breadth of contexts (e.g., clinical, support services, public health, home health care) and end users (e.g., patients, families, health care providers, other employees)

  • Presenting innovative methods and applied research for improving safety, quality, and efficiency of patient care processes and outcomes

  • Discussing the current and/or potential role of HF/E methods and approaches to patient safety by focusing on elimination of disparities (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status) and understanding the patient’s context (e.g., goals, culture, language)

  • Using nontraditional presentation formats to address the topic, such as roundtables, method generation sessions, and HF/E-provider pairings

  • Describing successful (and unsuccessful) projects; practical explorations of simulation use; and the development of hospital HF/E capabilities.

Track Chairs:

  • Laura Barg-Walkow, Children's Hospital Colorado
  • Kristen Webster, John Hopkins University

"Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" Student Design Competition

Chair: Mike Rayo, Ohio State University

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