There are lots of ways to get involved with CHI+MED’s research – a really easy way is to have a rummage around in our publications and see what we’ve working on as we study ways of making medical devices safer… but if you want to get more directly involved with our research, read on.
Location: London, timing: 24 June 2014, audience: for everyone
Next Tuesday Ann Blandford (who is the overall principal investigator for the CHI+MED project) will be giving a talk followed by a Q&A at a pub in London. Come and chat with Ann and find out more about CHI+MED’s work on medical and other errors and how research can help reduce their impact in healthcare: Being smart; staying safe: why we make mistakes and how to avoid them, 7pm, Cittie of Yorke, Holborn.
Location: London, timing: Summer 2014, audience: people with Type 1 diabetes
CHI+MED is working with Diabeto who have a new device for people with Type 1 diabetes. The Diabeto device transfers data from blood glucose meters to iPhones and an MSc student at UCL is doing a short project (four weeks) to find out how people use it. There’s a small payment for study participants: T1 #diabetes – MSc student needs 10 people to help evaluate device (transfers glucose readings to iPhone)
Location: Swansea, timing: Summer – Autumn 2014, audience: healthcare professionals*
Karen Li is a CHI+MED researcher working in the Future Interaction Lab at Swansea University. She’s working on a prototype app for people with hypertension (high blood pressure) and is seeking healthcare professionals, as well as people with hypertension, to take part in a series of workshops. These workshops will explore some of the methods used in developing a prototype smartphone app for hypertension, as well as developing a framework for how they’d be evaluated: Swansea: come and help create a prototype health app for people with high blood pressure
*and people with hypertension though healthcare professionals still needed
And for fans of public engagement…
Location: everywhere, time: ongoing, audience: for everyone 🙂
Play a game! Jo Iacovides at UCL has been getting student games designers to create some games that illustrate CHI+MED concepts in a game-playing environment, as part of a competition. Have a play, at Raising awareness of human error in healthcare through a persuasive games competition
Read a magazine! Paul Curzon and colleagues at QMUL took over the popular cs4fn (Computer Science For Fun) magazine which is read by thousands of schoolchildren whose teachers subscribe to receive new issues. cs4fn 17 was hijacked by CHI+MED and it’s all about the ways in which computer scientists, working with other kinds of scientists and researchers, can help in making medical devices safer. More at Machines Making Medicine Safer – @chi_med joins forces with @cs4fn’s computing
Suggest a film! One of the things we’re looking at is having a series of short talks to accompany a screening of a film, where we draw a parallel between the film and our work in ergonomics, human factors, medical device interfaces and patient safety. Apollo 13 contains some examples of good team-working, and of putting steps in place (resilience strategies) to reduce the likelihood of an error happening, or to reduce its impact. If you know of a suitable film you might enjoy Suggestions needed: #films about error, safety, blame culture, resilience eg The Dish, Apollo 13