Latest CHI+MED news
10 December 2013 - NAMDET conference
Harold Thimbleby will be speaking at NAMDET's annual conference next Tuesday, on "'Knobs, whistles and buttons' - human interactions with medical devices". Read more...
NAMDET is the National Association of Medical Devices Educators and Trainers.
17 October 2013
COMPETITION - Talking about medical error is hard but we're encouraging people to share their everyday errors (and 'resilience strategies' for avoiding them) instead in our new Errordiary competition which runs for three months. We've also 'launched' an online space shuttle, EndeavErr, which is powered by the numbers of people who get involved with the project - please help us get into space! Read more...
5 August 2013
Congratulations to Anna Cox who is now a Reader in Human-Computer Interaction at UCL.
3 July 2013
Ann Blandford (UCL) talked about engineering for human wellbeing at a free evening event, part of a series organised jointly between UCL and the French Embassy, on 3 July 2013 at 6pm. Read more...
19 June 2013
Sarah Wiseman spoke to BBC Watchdog about number entry error and banking - the programme will be broadcast on Wednesday 19 June at 8pm on BBC1.
12 June 2013
Sarah Wiseman's article on Bright Club (a comedy club where researchers talk about their work) is published in the EPSRC's magazine, Pioneer. Sarah writes about using stand up comedy to talk to non-academic audiences about her (EPSRC-funded) CHI+MED research on number entry. Read more...
24 May 2013
Harold Thimbleby spoke on medical device safety and calculation errors at "Informatics at Edinburgh" (@InfAtEd), and highlighted the use of nomograms as a medical calculation aid (in that they are faster and safer than calculators and provide a record of calculations). Maria Wolters, who attended, tweeted from the event.
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?'