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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 2018 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care Program Committee consisted of experts in a wide variety of domains and organizations.

The following descriptions provide further details about the types of submissions that were 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

Student Volunteers

Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT Track 


  • Farzan Sasangohar, Texas A&M University

  • Emily S. Patterson, Ohio State University

The Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT Track advanced a range of health IT (HIT) areas that affect clinicians, patients, and caregivers, including electronic and personal health records/portals, clinical decision support, alarms/alerts, applications on mobile devices, telehealth, and consumer and "in-the-home" technologies. Papers in any of the following topic areas were sought:

  • Integrating practice in distributed environments

  • Approaches in HIT purchasing processes and decisions, implementation and optimization

  • Applied research that helps better understand individual users, user tasks, user communities, and sociotechnical/macroergonomic dimensions

  • New directions in innovation for user interface design, implementation, and decision support across multiple platforms.

Committee Members

  • Janey Barnes, User-View

  • Ellen J. Bass, Drexel University

  • Kelly Caine, Indiana University

  • Barrett Caldwell, Purdue University

  • Jane M. Carrington, University of Arizona

  • Roger J. Chapman, Collaborative Work Systems (CWS), Inc.

  • R. Darin Ellis, Wayne State University

  • Ila J. Elson, Abbott Laboratories

  • Jennie J. Gallimore, Wright State University

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

  • Richard Holden, Indiana University - Indianapolis

  • Richard L. Horst, UserWorks, Inc.

  • Heidi Kramer, University of Utah

  • Michelle Lenox, SA Technologies/IUPUI Health Informatics

  • Gregory Liddell, Human Interfaces

  • Karen Dunn Lopez, University of Illinois Chicago

  • Laura G. Militello, Applied Decision Science, LLC

  • Anne Miller, Vanderbilt University

  • S. D. Miller, Siemens Healthcare HS Innovation Center

  • Prithima R. Mosaly, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Priya R. Pennathur, University of Iowa

  • Michelle L. Rogers, Drexel University

  • Kaden Rushford, Athena Health

  • Rupa S. Valdez, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Wayne Zachary, CMZ Health Technologies

  • Lauren Zack, GfK

  • Teresa Zayas Cabán, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  • Sam Zheng, Siemens Corporate Research

Hospital Environments Track 


  • Brandan Kennedy, Children's Mercy Hospitals

  • Raymond Chan, Children's Mercy Hospitals

  • Russell J. Branaghan, Arizona State University

The Hospital Environments Track focused on applying HF/E principles to design processes, devices, and systems supporting the work of health-care workers and impacting the care and safety of patients.

Submissions that focused on the physical and organizational factors in regards to the following were invited:

  • Environmental design and layout, equipment design, information displays, alarms, and safe patient handling equipment

  • Effects of physical layout and organizational policy on learning, memory, judgment, decision-making, and cognitive workload

  • Mood, emotional, and motivational factors such as burnout and stress

  • Socio-cultural factors such as teamwork, communication, production pressures, and the interaction between health-care providers and their environment/organization.

Committee Members

  • Laura Barnes, University of Virginia

  • Albert J. Boquet, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Stephanie Burrus, Children's Mercy Hospital

  • Ken Catchpole, Cedars Sinai Medical Centre

  • Nicholas Clark, Children's Mercy Hospital

  • Sam Curtis, Intuitive Surgical

  • Eric Del Rio, Lextant

  • Ellen S. Deutsch, ECRI

  • Savitri Dhiman, Steris

  • Cindy Dominguez, Applied Research Associates

  • Peter A. Doyle, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • David Eibling, University of Pittsburgh/VA Pittsburgh

  • Thomas Ferris, Texas A&M University

  • Bryant Foster, Research Collective

  • M. Susan Hallbeck, Mayo Clinic/University of Nebraska

  • Gyusung Lee, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Huiyang Li, State University of New York at Binghamton

  • Kang Li, Rutgers University

  • Bernadette McCrory, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Kathryn L. Momtahan, The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa

  • Jeff Morang, Ximedica

  • Sarah Henrickson Parker, Virginia Tech Varilion Research Institute

  • Avi Parush, Carleton University

  • Douglas E. Paull, VA National Center for Patient Safety

  • Farzan Sasangohar, Texas A&M University

  • Scott A. Shappell, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Eric Shaver, Human Factors MD

  • Linda Shay, Allina Health

  • Bruce D. Spiess, VCU Medical Center

  • Sophia Sterner, Children's Mercy Hospital

  • Thoralf Sundt, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Matthew B. Weinger, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Douglas A. Wiegmann, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Linda C. Williams, VA National Center for Patient Safety

  • Jason Wise, GE Healthcare Surgery

  • ​Anping Xie, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins University

  • ​Shanqing "SQ" Yin, KK Women's & Children's Hospital, Singapore

Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices Track 


  • Beth A. Loring, Loring Human Factors, LLC

  • Deepti Surabattula, FujiFilm Sonosite

The Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices Track focused on the application of HF/UE to the design and evaluation of medical devices and combination products. For 2018, exemplary submissions on the following topics were sought:

  • HF validation testing of drug delivery devices – Is it possible to reduce redundancy across the industry?

  • Compliance to FDA standards from industry perspective – What challenges do start-ups face in particular?

  • Augmented reality (AR) in the OR – What cool new developments are you working on, and where is the industry going?

  • Topics in telemetry – Case studies, challenges, lessons learned, etc.

  • Novel drug delivery platforms – What’s happening with nasal, ocular, and nanotechnology platforms?

Committee Members

  • Anthony D. Andre, Interface Analysis Associates

  • Pat Baird, Baxter Healthcare

  • Scott Barton, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

  • Eric Bergman, Fresenius Medical Care

  • Paul A. Blowers, Abbvie

  • Joe Cafazzo, University Health Network

  • Christy Calder, FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

  • Chris Carles, Kaleidodcope

  • Mike Clem, Kaleidodcope

  • Tressa Daniels, Becton Dickinson

  • Conall Dempsey, Unilife

  • Julian Dixon, Team Consulting

  • James (Jay) E. Duhig, Abbvie

  • Sami Durrani, Fresenius Health Care

  • Evan T. Edwards, Kaleo, Inc.

  • David Eibling, University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh

  • Ila Elson, Abbott Labs

  • Rollin J. (Terry) Fairbanks, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare - MedStar Health

  • Valerie Fenster, Amgen

  • Tara Feuerstein, Farm

  • Amanda Fonville, Kestra Medical Technologies, Inc.

  • Erika Franzen, Philips Respironics

  • Bobby Garfield, Radius Innovation

  • John Gosbee, Red Forest Consulting, LLC

  • Michael Gross, Chimera Consulting

  • Sean Hagen, BlackHagen Design

  • Amanda Hall, Physio-Control/Stryker Medical

  • Reade Harpham, Battelle

  • Shannon Hoste, Stryker

  • Edmond W. Israelski, Abbvie

  • Carolynn R. Johnson, Daedalus

  • Korey R. Johnson, Bold Insight Inc.

  • Keith Karn, Human Factors in Context, LLC

  • Cheryl Kwinn, Farm Product Development

  • Merrick Kossack, UL-Wiklund

  • Michael Lau, Insight Product Development

  • Melissa R. Lemke, Agilis Consulting Group

  • Vicki R. Lewis, Healthcare Safety Strategies, LLC

  • Beth A. Loring, Loring Human Factors, LLC

  • Joy Matsumoto, Monterey Technologies

  • Natalia Mazaeva, Medtronic

  • Susan McDonald, Ximedica

  • Heidi Mehrzad, Radius Innovation

  • Christina C. Mendat, Human Factors MD

  • Anne Mickelson, Equilogix, LLC

  • Cindy A. Miller, GE Healthcare

  • Robert A. North, Human Centered Strategies

  • A. Ant Ozok, University of Maryland Baltimore County

  • Sandhya Pillalamarri, Insulet Corporation

  • Janine A. Purcell, Independent Consultant

  • Mick Rakauskas, Baxter Healthcare

  • Laurie Reed, Farm Design

  • Tim Reeves, Human Factors MD

  • Valerie J. Rice, U.S. Army

  • Dawn Rountree, Bayer HealthCare

  • John M. Rovnan, Tele Tracking Technologies

  • George M. Samaras, Samaras & Associates, Inc.

  • Adam R. Shames, Core Human Factors, Inc.

  • Eric F. Shaver, Human Factors MD

  • S. Noel Simpson, Newell-Rubbermaid

  • Savannah Sleicher, Worrell Inc.

  • Olivier St-Cyr, University Health Network

  • Robert Stephens, Medtronic

  • Molly Follette Story, Sanofi

  • Deepti Surabattula, Fujifilm Sonosite

  • Melanie Turieo, Cambridge Consultants

  • Denise Wagner, Johnson & Johnson

  • Stephen B. Wilcox, Design Science

  • Jason Wise, Siemens Healthineers

  • Hanniebey D. Wiyor, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

  • Audra Wright, Halyard Health

  • Steven A. Zilber, Saza Consulting

Patient Safety Research and Initiatives Track 


  • Elizabeth Papautsky, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Natalie Abts, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare - MedStar Health

The Patient Safety Research and Initiatives Track addressed HF/E topics within the health-care system that directly affect the safety, quality, and efficiency of patient care processes and outcomes. Topics for consideration included, but were not limited to, the broad categories below, which encompass both existing and emerging themes in research and operations focused on safe care delivery.

  • Medical error and risk prevention

  • Communication and coordination in care transitions and hand-offs

  • The role of patient- and family-centered care in patient safety

  • Technology support in patient safety

  • Population health initiatives on patient safety.

Committee Members

  • Shilo Anders, Vanderbilt University

  • Brittany Anderson-Montoya, Carolinas Healthcare System

  • Laura Barg-Walkow, Children's Hospital Colorado

  • Conne Bazley, Pfizer

  • Wendy L. Bedwell, PACE Consulting Solutions

  • Nat Benda, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

  • Yuval Bitan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

  • Elizabeth Blickensderfer, Embry-Riddle Aeronatuical University

  • Sylvain Bruni, Aptima

  • Shannon Clark, UserWise

  • Ellen Deutsch, ECRI

  • Jay Duhig, Abbvie

  • Katie Ernst, Purdue University

  • Katie Forsyth , Mayo Clinic

  • Sarah Fouquet, Children's Mercy Kansas City

  • Helen Fuller, Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Paul Gorman, Oregon Health & Science University 

  • Sarah Henrickson-Parker, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research

  • Emily Hildebrand, Arizona State University

  • Robert Hubal, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy 

  • Ellie Hunt, Wester Governors University

  • Kate Kellogg, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare

  • Adjhaporn (Nana) Khunlertkit, Bumrungrad International Hospital, Thailand

  • Fran Kistner, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Anil Kumar, San Jose State University

  • Elizabeth H. Lazzara, Embry-Riddle Aeronatuical University

  • Beth Meyer, Allscripts

  • Enid Montague, DePaul University

  • Laura E. Moody, Mercer University

  • Mustafa Ozkaynak, University of Colorado

  • Liza Papautsky, U. of Illinois at Chicago

  • Mary Patterson, Children's National Medical Center

  • Priyadarshini Pennathur, University of Iowa

  • Beatrice Podtcshaske, Stanford Healthcare

  • Janine Purcell, independent HFE contractor

  • Joy Rivera, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

  • Edmond Ramly, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

  • John Rice, Retired

  • Michael Rosen, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • F. Jacob Seagull, University of Michigan

  • Noa Segall, Duke University Medical Center

  • Jason Slagle, Vanderbilt University

  • Peter Sneeringer, Design Science

  • Shirley C. Sonesh, Tulane University

  • Linsey M. Steege, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

  • Katie Tippey, Design Science

  • Monifa Vaughn-Cooke, University of Maryland

  • Nicole Werner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Deborah Woodcock, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Yushi Yang, Drexel University

  • Shanqing (SQ) Yin, KK Women's & Children's Hospital, Singapore

"Mobile Health Applications for Consumers" Student Design Competition


  • Richard Holden, Indiana University - Indianapolis

Student Volunteers

  • Tiffany Leverenz, Wichita State University

  • Changwon Son, Texas A&M University

  • Cristina Roy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Shimeng Du, University of Wisconsin-Madison