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Health-Care Symposium covers handoffs, device and facility design, EHRs and health apps, and more

The program includes workshops on validating combination drug products, adopting a human factors approach to handoff research, and diagnosing the cause of medical device use error

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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
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    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 browse the preliminary program, visit A PDF snapshot of the program as of December 12 may be downloaded at

    To obtain a press pass for the symposium, please contact HFES Communications Director Lois Smith,">, 310/394-1811.

    The 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."

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