IAI Colloquia Series: Monifa Vaughn-Cooke, "Human-Centered Medical Device Design"
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
1146 AV Williams Building
Intelligent Automation, Inc. Colloquia Series
Human-Centered Medical Device Design
Assistant Professor Monifa Vaughn-Cooke
Mechanical Engineering Department
The role of technology in safety-critical systems is to improve human and system performance. However, many device designs do not consider human needs (cognitive, physical, social) and human variability, which can lead to use errors during technology interaction. This is particularly relevant in healthcare, which has a diverse set of human users (patients and providers) with diverse medical device interaction needs that are difficult to capture in each design. Thus, a new pattern of errors has emerged, motivated by poor technology usability. To establish a safe and effective interaction between the human user and medical devices, human factors principles must be addressed early in the design process. The seminar will discuss approaches to 1) behaviorally model the human user, 2) empirically evaluate human response through simulated use testing, and 3) perform descriptive and predictive modeling of human response. Integration of insights from empirical data analyses into system design decisions will be addressed for several healthcare applications, including patient self-management technologies and hospital monitoring systems.