Medical device & HCI events coming up in – conference workshops, surveys

For those attending CHI2013 in Paris later this month CHI+MED is running two conferences, one on Saturday 27 April and the other on Sunday 28 April.

CHI+MED conference workshops at CHI2013

Logo of conference workshop – Saturday 27 April 2013

Performing fieldwork in healthcare settings is significantly different to other domains and it presents unique challenges to researchers. There are issues in terms of negotiating ethics, gaining access and knowing where to study; there are challenges in being an outsider in private places that are emotionally charged, with potential for patient nudity and invasive procedures; there are challenges for high-risk innovation and measuring research impact. Whilst results are reported in research papers, the details of how to actually perform these fieldwork studies are not.

This workshop will bring together a diverse selection of research and researchers who do fieldwork in clinical and non- clinical settings: e.g. hospital, homecare and with mobile technology. It will focus on producing a graduate guidebook for HCI fieldwork in healthcare (published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers). Case studies that are submitted by participants will form one volume of the book. Participants will be expected to co-author thematic chapters that crosscut these case studies to draw out issues and lessons learnt for the second volume of the book.

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medichi 2013 – Sunday 28 April 2013

Medical devices embedded with computer systems have become widely adopted in many healthcare situations, with the intention of delivering accurate and effective medication. However, designing and evaluating high-risk interactive medical devices has always been a challenge, for both academia and industry. This is particularly the case when it comes to managing the risk of human error.

This one-day workshop will bring together international researchers, manufacturers and designers working in this field. There will be discussion and demonstration of the practical approaches that can be adopted to improve the design of medical devices, to provide for safer interactions in the future.

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Please see our conference page for details of other conferences and events that are relevant to Human-Computer Interaction researchers and those working in areas related to patient safety and public engagement.

CHI+MED survey

CHI+MED researchers at UCL have created a survey to find out what types of infusion pumps are in use, and under what circumstances.

“We are investigating the design and use of medical devices in order to reduce the chances of mistakes occurring in practice. This survey aims to find out about the different models of infusion pumps used across clinical areas, how they are managed and the extent to which smart pump technology such as Drug Error Reduction Software is used (or not!). The results will inform future research.”

If you work in the NHS and manage infusion devices or train people to use them  please fill in the survey, which should take about 20 minutes.

In order to thank you for taking part, at the end of the survey you will be given the choice to enter a prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher (three of these will be given out in total). You will also be given the option to request a summary report of the survey results after the study is completed.

If you have any questions, please contact Jo Iacovides, Research Associate at the UCL Interaction Centre.

Please share this survey with your colleagues, thank you.

CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices) is an EPSRC-funded project to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps. By understanding more about device design and human factors, medical errors can be reduced thus saving lives

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