Design for Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128164273

Design for Health

1st Edition

Applications of Human Factors

Editors: Arathi Sethumadhavan Farzan Sasangohar
Paperback ISBN: 9780128164273
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st February 2020
Page Count: 300
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Design for Health: Applications of Human Factors delves into critical and emergent issues in healthcare and patient safety and how the field of human factors and ergonomics play a role in this domain. The book uses the Design for X (DfX) methodology to discuss a wide range of contexts, technologies, and population dependent criteria (X’s) that must be considered in the design of a safe and usable healthcare ecosystem. Each chapter discusses a specific topic (e.g., mHealth, medical devices, emergency response, global health, etc.), reviews the concept, and presents a case study that demonstrates how human factors techniques and principles are utilized for the design, evaluation or improvements to specific tools, devices, and technologies (Section 1), healthcare systems and environments (Section 2), and applications to special populations (Section 3).

The book represents an essential resource for researchers in academia as well as practitioners in medical device industries, consumer IT, and hospital settings. It covers a range of topics from medication reconciliation to self-care to the artificial heart.

Key Features

  • Uses the Design for X (DfX) methodology
  • A case study approach provides practical examples for operationalization of key human factors principles and guidelines
  • Provides specific design guidelines for a wide range of topics including resilience, stress and fatigue management, and emerging technologies
  • Examines special populations, such as the elderly and the underserved
  • Brings a multidisciplinary, multi-industry approach to a wide range of healthcare human factors issues


Psychologists, engineers, and designers. Researchers, product developers, and decision-makers in medical device industries, consumer IT, and hospitals. Can be used as a text in courses on Healthcare Human Factors, Healthcare Engineering, and Health Safety

Table of Contents

Section 1: Devices, tools, and healthcare IT
1. Design for Medical Device Safety
2. Design for Medication Safety
3. Design for Digital Health
4. Design for eHealth and Telehealth
5. Design for Mobile Health Technology
6. Design for Effective Care Collaboration

Section 2: Healthcare systems
7. Design for Critical Care
8. Design for Emergency Response
9. Design for Resilience
10. Design for Collaborative Work
11. Design for Stress, Fatigue, and Workload Management
12. Design for Cognitive Support
13. Design for Improved Workflow
14. Design for Self-Care

Section 3: Special Population
15. Design for Inclusivity
16. Design for Global Health
17. Design for Health Information and Communication Technologies for Older Adults


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About the Editor

Arathi Sethumadhavan

Arathi Sethumadhavan, PhD, is a Senior Design Research Manager in the Ethics and Society team within Microsoft’s Cloud and AI division, where she conducts research to examine the societal implications of emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. Prior to joining Microsoft, she worked at Medtronic, where she provided human factors leadership to multiple products in the Cardiac Rhythm and Heart Failure portfolio including the world’s smallest pacemaker. She has also spent many years studying human factors issues in air traffic control. Arathi is the Department Editor of Ergonomics in Design and writes on a range of topics from patient safety, affective computing, human-robot interaction, and in-vehicle technologies. She has delivered 40+ talks at national and international conferences, and won awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Foundation, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a specialization in Human Factors from Texas Tech University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Microsoft, Redmond, WA, United States

Farzan Sasangohar

Farzan Sasangohar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering as well as Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M University where he also the Director of Applied Cognitive Ergonomics Laboratory. Dr. Sasangohar is also faculty at the Houston Methodist Research Institute’s Center for Outcomes Research and Department of Surgery. He has experience working as Manager of Design Research at TD Bank; a Human Factors researcher at University Health Network, and as a Research Scientist at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department. Farzan has received a PhD in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto in 2015, an SM in Engineering Systems from MIT in 2011, an MASc and BCS in Systems Design Engineering and Computer Science from University of Waterloo in 2010 and 2007 (respectively), and a BA in Information Technology from York University in 2009. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. Farzan’s research interests include remote health and performance monitoring, system implementation and adoption, and performance modeling and improvement. As a human factors researcher, Farzan has experience working in different domains such as aviation, process control, surface transportation, finance, and health care at several renowned research laboratories. Farzan is currently the Chair-elect of the Healthcare Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, United States Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, United States

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