CHI+MED (Computer Human Interaction for Medical Devices) is a multi-site research project taking place at UCL, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Swansea University and City University. We’re looking at ways of making medical devices safer.
Researchers at the QMUL site are taking part in a Research Showcase to highlight some of the research taking place in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (or ‘EECS’ hence ‘QMEECS’ in the title). It’s a one-day event happening on Wednesday 22 April from 9am, with talks starting at 10am – it’s free and open to everyone (but tickets have sold out so there’s a waitlist)
Paul Curzon, who is CHI+MED’s Principal Investigator at QMUL, will be giving one of several ‘Lightning talks’ between 11.15am and noon, on “Safer medical device design”. In one of the afternoon sessions Jo Brodie and Rimvydas Rukšėnas will be demonstrating some of QMUL/CHI+MED’s work (some of it with the FDA) on testing the software behaviour of drug infusion pumps, using PVSio-web.
Usability and Safety of Medical Devices
We have developed advanced mathematical techniques to analyse the safety and usability of medical devices. These techniques allowed us to spot in advance otherwise hidden design defects in commercial devices. In this demonstration, we illustrate some of the critical defects we found in devices used in hospitals across the UK. These defects could potentially cause patient harm, such as accidental delivery of a lethal dose of drug to the patient. Our analysis results are now being used in training for hospitals staff, as well as by regulators to raise awareness about software design issues in medical devices on the market.
Paolo Masci, Patrick Oladimeji, Paul Curzon and Harold Thimbleby (2014) Using PVSio-web to demonstrate software issues in medical user interfaces
In 4th International Symposium on Foundations of Healthcare Information Engineering and Systems (FHIES2014), Washington DC, USA, July 17 – 18, 2014.
More at Paolo Masci’s research webpage.