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2017 Health-Care Symposium Program Covers Handoff Communication, Device and Facility Design, EHRs and Health Apps, and a Lot More

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The preliminary program for the 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care is now available online. The 2.5-day program features more than 180 presentations by health and safety researchers, policy makers, physicians and other health-care providers, medical device designers, health IT professionals, and biomedical engineers. The symposium will be held March 5–8 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Here’s a sampling of presentations in the four topical tracks - Clinical and Consumer Health-Care IT, Hospital Environments, Medical and Drug-Delivery Devices, and Patient Safety Research and Initiatives:

  • A Human Factors Approach for Identifying Latent Failures in Health-Care Settings, Tara Cohen and Scott Shappell, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • The (Art and) Science of Care Coordination: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Heading? Sallie Weaver, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Easy to Use” – The Worst Requirement…Ever, Robert Stephens, Medtronic

  • The DNA of Design Excellence, Bryce Rutter, Metaphase Design Group, Inc.

  • Identifying Unmet Patient Expectations via Critical Review of Five Simulated Hospital Rooms, Emily Patterson, Elizabeth Sanders, Carolyn Sommerich, Steve Lavender, Jing Li, and Kevin Evans, Ohio State University

  • Handoff Standardization: Understanding Heterogeneity, Kristen Welsh, Victoria Lew, Amanda Tan, Agnes Fagerlund, Joseph Keebler, and Elizabeth Lazzara, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

  • Three Methods That Will Improve Physicians’ Electronic Medical Records Experience, Richard Wang, Kendra Cunningham, Anna Karpasov, and Felicity Saucier, athenahealth

  • Understanding and Improving the Delivery of Robotic Surgery “in the Wild,” Ken Catchpole, Medical University of South Carolina; Ann Bizantz, University at Buffalo, SUNY; M. Susan Hallbeck, Mayo Clinic; Rebecca Randell, University of Leeds; and Matthaius Weigl, Ludwig-Maximilians-University

  • Usability Testing of PTSD Coach: A Mobile Health App for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Carolina Rodriguez-Paras and Farzan Sasangohar, Texas A&M University

The symposium offers a unique opportunity for attendees from across the health-care industry, academia, consulting, and regulatory agencies to engage in discussions about emerging issues in health care, the challenges facing us in the near future, and how human factors/ergonomics researchers can meet those challenges and work to improve and advance patient safety.

To obtain a press pass for the symposium, please contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith, lois@hfes.org, 310/394-1811.

‚ÄčThe Human Factors and Ergonomics Society is the world’s largest scientific association for human factors/ergonomics professionals, with more than 4,500 members globally. HFES members include psychologists and other scientists, designers, and engineers, all of whom have a common interest in designing systems and equipment to be safe and effective for the people who operate and maintain them. “Human Factors and Ergonomics: People-Friendly Design Through Science and Engineering.”