BMI 5302 Introduction to Human Factors in Healthcare

(web-based instruction and classroom instruction)
(2 hours lecture/3 hours laboratory/week lecture/demonstration/discussion)
3 semester credit hours/meets part of basic informatics component

The course covers human factors topics with focus on healthcare. The topics include basics of human computer interactions, design and evaluation of healthcare interfaces, and role of usability in patient safety. The students will evaluate design of healthcare systems, including EHR modules, health information display (dashboards, health education material), social networks for health, mobile health (apps, sensors, wearables, and devices) and medical devices. The students will also develop functioning prototypes for healthcare design solutions.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will

  • Define usability and describe why usability is important in healthcare interface.
  • Describe human and system factors informing human-computer design and evaluation
  • Conduct user-centered and work-centered needs analysis to develop a healthcare application.
  • Evaluate the usability of an existing system and propose recommendations to improve existing interfaces.
  • Develop functioning prototypes for healthcare interfaces