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Usability & Human Factors in Health Information Technology  

Component Overview

This component will be a discussion of rapid prototyping, user-centered design understanding effects of new technology workflow on downstream processes; facilitation of unit-wide focus groups or simulation.

Component Objectives

At the completion of this component, students will be able to:

  • Articulate a systems approach to usability and human factors as it applies to health information technology.
  • Explain the cognitive consequences of health information technology on clinical performance.
  • Identify the consequences of suboptimal design in the delivery of healthcare.
  • Apply methods of cognitive research, sources of usability evidence, and principles of user-centered design to decisions regarding systems evaluation, technology evaluation, and iterative design, given a population of users.
  • Apply requirements engineering methods to inform design and technology selection.
  • Demonstrate concept knowledge of cognition and human performance models in their relevance to systems evaluation methods.
  • Apply concept knowledge of cognitive, physical and organization ergonomics to human factors engineering.
  • Select the most appropriate usability evaluation method, given particular system, setting, and development phase.
  • Apply principles of usability and design to critiquing EHR systems and to making recommendations for iterative improvement.
  • Diagnose problems associated with a clinical decision support system.
  • Apply cognitive methods of analysis to medical device testing.
  • Evaluate user interface designs using cognitive methods of analysis, usability testing, and Nielsen’s heuristic evaluation method.
  • Diagnose various types of error and create or select potential solutions.
  • Select appropriate technology input methods given different technology uses, user populations and contexts.
  • Describe how information visualization can support and enhance the representation of trends and aggregate data.
  • Describe the role of mobile and ubiquitous computing in healthcare.

NOTE: This course is part of the Health Information Technology Certificate Program but is opened to those not enrolled in the certificate program as well.


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