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What is Human Factors Engineering?

Human factors engineering (HFE) is the science of understanding the properties of human capabilities and limitations and applying that understanding to the design, development, and deployment of systems. It is a multidisciplinary field incorporating contributions from industrial engineering, cognitive psychology, industrial design, statistics, operations research and anthropometry. Human factors involves the study of all aspects of the way humans perform and they way in which they interact with the world around them, with the aim of improving operational performance and safety.

How Does HFE Apply to Healthcare?

HFE is applied to healthcare to design processes, devices, and systems that support the work of care givers. Specific benefits of HFE applied to healthcare include:

• Efficient care processes;
• Effective communication between care providers;
• Better understanding of a patient’s current medical condition;
• Reduced risk of device use error;
• Easier to use (or more intuitive) devices;
• Reduced need for training;
• Easier repair and maintenance;
• Cost savings through mitigation of adverse events;
• Safer healthcare working conditions; and
• Improved patient outcomes

HFE should take place early in the system development process. It should include tools such as work domain analysis, function allocation, probabilistic risk assessment, usability testing, among others.

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Raj Ratwani, PhD
Acting Director and Scientific Director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare
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