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About us - an overview of the CHI+MED project

We aim to transform the way in which interactive (programmable) medical devices are designed, bought and used in ways that both prevents and reduces the consequences of medical errors. We will make the use of medical equipment safer, whether in hospitals or at home. In doing so we will help nurses, doctors, managers and device manufacturers save lives.

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About the project

You can find more in depth information about the different strands of research in the CHI+MED project in Research > About our research

Some incidents involve errors with interactive medical devices such as infusion pumps that give drugs for treatment and pain relief, glucometers that measure blood sugar levels for people with diabetes, and vital signs monitors. In one study of medications through an intravenous (IV) pump, two thirds of the medications included at least one error.

These devices are intended to be used by people without extensive training. We are relying on them more and more, both in hospitals and by patients or their carers at home. It is vital that they are both reliable and easy to use.

If nurses, doctors or patients themselves misread the devices or make mistakes when setting up doses then this can, and unfortunately does, result in incorrect treatment, and can even kill.

We are focusing on the science and engineering of interactive devices to understand and solve these problems.

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About the team

You can out about individual project members, collaborators and the advisory group in Research > About the team
CHI+MED brings together an internationally leading team of researchers from four universities and two hospitals working with a wide range of stakeholders.

The University College London Interaction Centre is a leading centre on interaction design. They bring expertise in the understanding of cognition. They also are a world leading team in research on understanding complex situations within which computer-based devices are employed.

City University bring expertise in the design and evaluation of mobile devices.

The Swansea University Future Interaction Technology Laboratory brings expertise in emerging technologies, device design and the design of tools to help manufacturers.

Queen Mary, University of London bring expertise in mathematical analysis of complex systems that include humans. They also are internationally respected in public engagement in science and in innovative approaches to teaching.

The Royal Free and Singleton Hospitals bring practical expertise in all aspects of medical practice, from clinicians to procurement specialists.

Our core team and advisory panel consists of members from many backgrounds including:

The National Safety Patient Agency
The Medical Device Industry
Medical Trainers
Procurement Staff
Design Specialists
Computer Scientists
Social Scientists, and
Medical Researchers.



Research publications arising from the CHI+MED project can be found in Research > Research publications



CHI+MED is a flagship project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

With initial funding of 5.7 million over 6 years, starting late 2009, it aims not only to do internationally leading research but also to have a transformational impact. We will change the culture and practices of design, procurement and use.