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14 May 2013
CHI+MED has awarded its first internal public engagement grants - congratulations to Peter McOwan, Ed Burton, Dominic Furniss and Sandy Gould - read more...
22 April 2013
Congratulations to Harold Thimbleby whose paper "Reasons to question seven segment displays" has been awarded a 'best of CHI award' at CHI 2013. The paper will be presented at CHI on Tuesday 30 April 2013, at 2pm.
20 March 2013 - Congratulations to Alexis Lewis who won Best Paper for her presentation at the 'Communicating Medical Error' conference (COME2013) in Switzerland. Tweets from the event, including the one below, can be read at our Storify collection.
Workshops in London in June
- We are sponsoring a specialist Doctoral Consortium (London, 13-14 June 2013) for PhD/EngD students who are researching areas related to human factors for safety-critical systems. The Consortium will take place at UCL on Friday 14 June 2013 the day after the fourth IEHF Early Career Research Symposium, on Thursday 13 June, also at UCL.
More details on the IEHF website.
- We will also host the DACCHI 2013 workshop (Dynamic And Continuous Computer-Human Interaction: Human and Computer Around a Loop) on 24 June 2013 at the EICS 2013 conference (London, 24-27 June 2013) - call for participants (deadline 8 April 2013).
Welcome to the CHI+MED project
CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices, EP/G059063/1) is an EPSRC-funded project to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps. By understanding more about device design and human factors, medical errors can be reduced thus saving lives.
Our goal is to learn more about medical devices and how people design, buy and use them in the real world. From this understanding we will investigate how to reduce the likelihood and consequences of human error. We are working with patients and their carers, nurses and other medical practitioners, manufacturers who create medical devices, NHS staff who purchase them and regulatory bodies who oversee patient safety.
Throughout our six year programme we will be working with a wide variety of people who are linked by interactive medical devices which deliver essential medication.
Our work blends computer science, cognitive psychology and medicine. We are investigating how devices are designed with a focus on how users have to program them, what can happen when erroneous inputs are given and how new technology can help. We are running laboratory-based experiments to understand the causes of human error and how they can be prevented. We are examining how people perform tasks in real-world situations, for example what happens when a busy nurse is called away in the middle of setting up an infusion pump? How likely are they to make a mistake when they return to complete the task?
We are also exploring interventions that can help manufacturers, clinicians, procurement staff and patients to help reduce the potential human error. Based on the understanding gained from these separate strands we are developing analysis tools based on mathematical models of devices, human behaviour and of the wider situation to help predict where problems will occur. We are also exploring interventions that can help manufacturers, clinicians, procurement staff and patients to help reduce the potential consequences of human error.
In drawing these strands together our research will answer the question 'how can we make medical devices safer in practice?'