Designing Informatics Tools with Human Factors in Mind

Rupananda Misra
Art Institute of Philadelphia
Wachman 447
Friday, May 3, 2013 - 11:00
A number of Informatics tools have proliferated in the last few years in the domains such as healthcare and online education including educational games - which means, there is a greater interaction between humans (healthcare providers, patients, teachers, students, etc.) and information systems. Though Informatics Tools can improve efficiency and effective delivery of information, the improper (or lack of) use of human factor principles in the system design can lead to miscommunication and adverse events. One thing that's most often criticized of system problems and its solutions have in common is the human element. There are plenty of examples of information systems that have poor performance because the system design did not take into consideration human physical and cognitive capabilities. Therefore, for example, the challenge to improve patient care and patient safety outcomes using health informatics tools is (1) to understand the human vulnerabilities that contribute to error, and (2) design and develop health informatics tools that accommodate those human factors. By centering the design of informatics tools around human-centered philosophy would likely remove adverse outcomes - that is unnecessary risks and harm to the patients and likely improve the performance of the system.