AAMI's award-winning Horizons publications, mailed twice each year to AAMI members, and distributed at various professional forums, provide in-depth, practical articles on specific topics of interest to the medical technology community, such as home healthcare, human factors engineering, and alarm systems.
Human Factors & IT: Connecting with Medical Devices
In this issue of Horizons, articles explore cognitive factors in human-computer interface design, and experts in healthcare technology management, device design, manufacturing, and regulation discuss the importance of HFE in the context of healthcare IT. In addition, several studies of human factors and IT at the system level suggest that humans interact with medical technology at many different levels, creating a very complex and unpredictable ecosystem that may be at odds with the ideal of efficient, consistent, machine-like results.
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How Safe is Your Medical Technology?
Modern medical equipment, devices, records, and networks are critically dependent on ever more complex computer software. Rapid assimilation of information technologies has led to improved tools and clinical performance, greater information capacity, more flexible data storage and access, and ultimately, better patient outcomes.
However, greater reliance on computers has also increased medical device and system vulnerability to cyberattacks, malware (bugs and viruses), and software flaws. This issue of Horizons will focus on the benefits, risks, and regulatory issues in this field, report on technological advances, discuss implications for patient safety, and offer case studies on how to best protect medical devices and technology from cyberthreats.