We’ve been working with the people behind the popular cs4fn (Computer Science for Fun) magazines as well as Teaching London Computing to create a special issue about medical safety, and the role that computer scientists, human computer interaction experts and other researchers can play in reducing harm to patients when medical devices are used.
The cs4fn magazines have been informing and entertaining people in schools (both children and teachers) for nearly ten years as part of a wider outreach project run by Prof Paul Curzon, Prof Peter McOwan and colleagues (from Queen Mary University of London) which includes school talks, web-based classroom resources and booklets.
Queen Mary is also one of the CHI+MED research centres (along with Swansea University, City University, and our CHI+MED HQ at UCL [University College London]).
We thought we’d try out a little cross-over between the two projects and here’s the result: Making Medical Machines Safer – the CHI+MED special issue.
The magazine is free to download as a PDF and you can also read individual articles on the cs4fn website. If you’re a teacher and would like to get hold of one or more paper copies for your school please fill in your school’s address details on our form and we’ll get them sent out to you, while stocks last – see ‘Support for teachers and home educators‘ for more information.
CHI+MED is funded by the EPSRC and cs4fn by EPSRC and Google.
Teaching London Computing is funded by the Mayor of London, the Department of Education with additional support from Google.