Earlier this month, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (@HFES) held the 2016 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care: Shaping the Future at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.
It was attended by nearly 400 human factors practitioners, industry representatives, researchers, and students. One of the many reasons it’s a worthwhile experience is the opportunity to meet and hear from the human factors staff at the FDA. Plus, it’s always nice to see old friends, along with meeting new people that are passionate about positively impacting the health care community.
The event started on Wednesday afternoon with the pre-symposium workshop Improving the Safety and Effectiveness of Medical Devices Through Human Factors Considerations: An Interactive Workshop with the FDA’s CDRH Human Factors Premarket Evaluation Team. The workshop was chaired by Anthony D. Andre, with insightful commentary provided by the three panelists: Shannon Hoste, Hanniebey Wiyor, and Xin Feng.
The symposium kicked off Wednesday evening with the opening network reception, followed by talks, panels, and poster sessions on Thursday through Saturday. A few of the more interesting panels and talks I attended included:
Tim Reeves, Human Factors MD, Inc. (Chair); Anthony D. Andre, Interface Analysis Associates/San Jose State U.; Eric Bergman, Fresenius; Adam Shames, Core HF; Shannon Clark, UserWise, Inc.
Meet the New CDRH Human Factors Premarket Evaluation Team
Michael Wiklund, UL-Wiklund (Chair); Shannon Hoste, Hanniebey Wiyor, and Xin Feng, FDA CDRH Human Factors Team
CDER Perspective on the Role of Human Factors in Combination Product Design and Development
Anthony D. Andre, Interface Analysis Associates/San Jose State U. (Chair); Irene Chan and Kellie Taylor, Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis at FDA/CDER/OSE/OMEPRM/DMEPA
How Many Lives Could We Save by Spending $1 Billion More on HFE?
Michael Wiklund, UL-Wiklund; Sean Hägen, BlackHägen Design; Shannon Hoste, FDA/CDRH; Stephen Wilcox, Design Science; Lawrence Wolpert, MedStar Health − National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
From Devices to Platforms: Implications of the Internet of Things for Health Care
Hugh Dubberly, Dubberly Design Office; Stephen Wilcox, Design Science
Overall, it was an informative and worthwhile event. I look forward to attending – and potentially presenting at – the 2017 International Symposium, which will be held in New Orleans on March 5–8.