CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices) is a six year project funded by the EPSRC to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps.
Our goals are to learn more about medical devices and how people design, buy and use them in the real world and then to use this understanding to investigate how to reduce the likelihood and consequences of human error. We are working with patients and their carers, nurses and other medical practitioners, manufacturers who create medical devices, NHS staff who purchase them and regulatory bodies who oversee patient safety.
In the three years since the project began we’ve published over 100 papers including working papers and conference papers. The full list is available on our website, organised by paper type (eg refereed journal paper, lightly refereed workshop paper etc) and you can download a PDF copy of each paper.
The selection below are our most downloaded papers, having been downloaded from our document store between 400 and 900 times. The links given will open a copy of the PDF directly.
Harold Thimbleby and Paul Cairns (2010). Reducing number entry errors: solving a widespread, serious problem. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 7, 1429-1439.
» Harold spoke at Gresham College on ‘Avoiding death by computer‘ (you can watch the video or listen to the audio of his talk) and wrote the textbook ‘Press On: principles of interaction programming‘.
Chris Vincent (2010). Mind the gap: What interactive medical device manufacturers need. Interfaces (quarterly publication of the BCS Interaction specialist group), issue 84, 14–15.
Sarah Wiseman, Paul Cairns and Anna Cox (2011). A taxonomy of number entry error. Proceedings of the 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI-2011), 187–196.
» Sarah did a stand-up routine for ‘Bright Club’ on her work on number entry error and you can see the video here.
Dominic Furniss, Jonathan Back, Ann Blandford, Michael Hildebrandt and Helena Broberg (2011). A resilience markers framework for small teams. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 96(1), 2–10.
» Dominic is one of the organisers of the ‘HCI fieldwork in healthcare – creating a guidebook‘ workshop at CHI2013.
Paul Lee, Frankie Thompson and Harold Thimbleby (2012). Analysis of infusion pump error logs and their significance for health care. British Journal of Nursing (Intravenous Supplement), 21(8), S12-S20.
» Paul is on our Advisory Group and is the Chair of the board of NAMDET (the National Association of Medical Device Educators and Trainers).
Jonathan Back, Duncan Brumby and Anna Cox (2010). Locked-out: Investigating the effectiveness of system lockouts to reduce errors in routine tasks. Proceedings of the 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI-2010), Extended Abstracts, 3775–3780. New York: ACM.
Chris Vincent and Ann Blandford (2011). Designing for safety and usability: User-centered techniques in medical device design practice. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 55(1), 793–797.
» Both Chris and Ann will be speaking at EHF2013. Ann is giving the Donald Broadbent lecture on 15 April, on ‘Interactions ‘in the wild’: explorations in healthcare’ and Chris is speaking on ‘Product development – safety and usability of medical devices‘.
Ann Blandford, Paul Curzon and Harold Thimbleby (2009). CHI+MED: Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices. Publicly released version of the original proposal accepted by EPSRC.
» Paul Curzon also runs cs4fn (Computer Science for Fun), a public engagement in science programme also funded by the EPSRC, to inspire school children about computer science. The site has a dedicated ‘CHI+MED‘ section with games and quizzes to highlight ideas about how computer science can help in making medical devices safer.
Jose Campos and Michael Harrison (2011). Modelling and analysing the interactive behaviour of an infusion pump. Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Formal Methods for Interactive Systems (FMIS 2011). Electronic Communications of the EASST, vol. 45.
Chitra Acharya, Harold Thimbleby and Patrick Oladimeji (2010). Human computer interaction and medical devices. Proceedings of the 24th BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (BCS-HCI 2010), 168–176.
» Patrick was one of the co-developers of our ‘Save the Patients‘ game, which lets you try your hand at programming infusion pumps with the right amount of medicine before the timer runs out…
Atish Rajkomar and Ann Blandford (2011). Distributed cognition for evaluating healthcare technology. Proceedings of the 25th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction (HCI-2011), 341–350.
Ann Blandford, George Buchanan, Paul Curzon, Dominic Furniss and Harold Thimbleby (2010). Who’s looking? Invisible problems with interactive medical devices. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH 2010), 9–12. Atlanta, GA, May 2010.