Congratulations to Prof Harold Thimbleby and the CHI+MED project team who won the GE Healthcare Award at the 2014 Swansea University Impact Awards. The awards ‘celebrate the breadth and depth of the impact of the University’s research’ and the winners received their awards at an event on 19 June 2014.
“Approximately 10% of deaths due to preventable errors in hospitals are due to computational errors. Corresponding implications on the healthcare system are estimated to cost the NHS over £600m per annum. Research into the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) issues behind medical error has led to a changing of attitude and practice within the healthcare procurement system, and a better understanding of the need to procure safer devices for hospitals.
A substantial body of research developed by Professor Harold Thimbleby in the field of healthcare technology aims to reduce the likelihood of human error in the use of medical devices, leading to improved quality and delivery of healthcare and significant reduction in patient harm.
The research has earned global recognition, leading to strong links and research collaboration with international partners such as the US Food and Drug Administration, the leading regulator in the States, who have started to co-author papers with Swansea. As all healthcare manufacturers carefully monitor the FDA to assess forthcoming regulation, this collaboration will yield significant further impacts.”
Contribution to Improvements in Patient Safety through Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices
Swansea University’s FIT Lab (Future Interaction Technology) news
Impact Award – winners
The full list of winners is below and you can read more about the different projects in the Impact Awards Winners Brochure
The Parthian and Library of Wales Award for Outstanding Impact in Culture, the Arts, and Sport, presented by Richard Davies, Parthian Books and Library of Wales