Tag: healthcare


22

Mar 2017

Building our MedTech team

In response to the growing demand for human factors & usability services in the medical and healthcare markets, we are growing our capability in this area. We are delighted to announce that Suzanne O’Connor will be joining our team in April, having worked with PA Consulting at their technology centre in Cambridgeshire for the last couple of years. She has particular expertise in the use of...

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Better hospital IT ‘would save thousands of lives’

23

Oct 2011

Better hospital IT ‘would save thousands of lives’

Interesting perspective on hospital performance and issues like patient safety based on providing better IT support.  We know human performance in environments like these is not always reliable so IT systems would appear to be a useful way of better supporting staff. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15340102 The big “if” is whether these kinds of systems can be adequately designed to meet the needs of the front line staff.  Will they...

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Robots helping us in old age?

20

May 2011

Robots helping us in old age?

This picture is from the National Geographic website as part of their feature ‘7 Billion Population’.  As the title suggests the global population is soon to reach this figure with an ever increasing proportion of elderly people. The image shows a 69year old Japanese lady being assisted by a robot to do her supermarket shopping and was part of a research study by the researchers...

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17

Jan 2011

Impact of Poor Design on Patients

We came across this interesting article on the link between design in hospitals and the impact on the patients and their recovery. The British Medical Association is calling on healthcare organisations to prioritise design in all future building projects. A new report presents research showing that the architectural environment can significantly affect patients’ recovery times. In contrast, poorly designed hospitals and surgeries can cause anxiety,...

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01

Apr 2010

Does healthcare pay enough attention to human factors?

The importance of human factors within high risk environments such as rail, aviation and oil and gas is well documented.  One of the main reasons for this is that the consequences of ignoring human factors in these types of environments could potentially be catastrophic and lead to large loss of life.  It is therefore surprising that a high risk environment where there is less awareness...

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