Human Factors to support safe and successful healthcare products

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Peter Buckle & Simone Borsci, Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art

Point of care (POC) devices are considered a paradigm-shift in global healthcare. These technologies are constantly evolving as tools to support home care, evidence-based personalized care, patient centered medicine, and preventive healthcare. POC devices are becoming progressively more available in clinical environments. Although, data on so called, ‘device recalls’ as well as international standards on medical devices suggest that interaction assessment should not end after the product release, human factors methods still struggle to be included in clinical and empirical studies on such devices.
The literature identifies that rapid bed-side tests offer several advantages compared to laboratory test. However there remains a lack of knowledge of the risk arising from human factors variables associated with the use of these devices in the field.

This workshop will explore:
– Which are the key variables currently use in clinical field studies of such devices?
– Which are the human factors methods used?
– Where are the gaps?

Participants will be ask to work in groups to discuss which are the most cost effective methods to assess these key variables.

Participants will be engaged through data and issues from the field in group discussions about key human factors and ergonomics aspects to support health care products, including point of care devices.

Who is your intended audience?

Human factors professionals in healthcare, human factors students, professionals of companies and industries, healthcare professionals and people with an interest in increasing HFE in healthcare.
What key skills, tools or knowledge do you want your participants to take away?

Main benefits for participants will be:
• Understanding the barriers in the healthcare field which prevent the full application of Human Factors and Ergonomics methods;
• Understand the current applications and optimum human factors methods to explore point of care devices;

What activities will you use to engage your participants and help them learn?

Participants will be engaged through an introductory background briefing followed-by group discussions, small-group activities and a final feedback plenary and summary.

Date & place

19 - 21 April 2016
Staverton Park, Daventry, Northamptonshire

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Institute of Occupational Medicine
Royal Air Force
Health and Safety Executive
Office of Rail and Road
Rail Safety and Standards Board
Greenstreet Berman
The Keil Centre
DCA Design
and many more