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Human Factors Research and Design Trends for the Modern Exam and Hospital Room

Saleem JJ, Militello LG, Montague E, Trbovich P, Russ AL, Patterson ES. Human Factors Research and Design Trends for the Modern Exam and Hospital Room. [Abstract]. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting Proceedings. 2015 Oct 23; 59(1):567-571.


Although much research has been conducted on the impact of the electronic health record (EHR) and health information technology (HIT) on provider-patient interaction, challenges persist on how to effectively integrate these tools into healthcare environments, while maintaining patient-centered care. Panelists will present and discuss their experience relating to: the introduction of new technology and how it changes the nature of work; the positive impact of greater focus on the patient; the nature of interruptions and strategies to reduce their negative impact; enhancing the workflow of medication ordering; and designing collaborative spaces considering all relevant stakeholders (patient care team, patients, family members). These topics represent some of the latest human factors research and design trends with a common goal: advancing the design of the modern healthcare environment, with consideration of the additional complexity introduced by evolutionary changes in clinical information systems and HIT.

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