Showing the Way to Useful Health IT through Human Factors and Ergonomics

For health IT to benefit health and healthcare, it must be useable by – and useful to – patients and clinicians.  This is precisely where the discipline of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) serves as an essential foundation for the development, implementation, and use of high-quality health information systems and practices.  HFE improves overall performance through study of interactions among humans and other elements of a system.
We recently published a forward-looking article in a special issue of Applied Ergonomics,

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