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Design for Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128164273, 9780128166215

Design for Health

1st Edition

Applications of Human Factors

Editors: Arathi Sethumadhavan Farzan Sasangohar
Paperback ISBN: 9780128164273
eBook ISBN: 9780128166215
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd February 2020
Page Count: 400
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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. Designing for Medical Device Safety

Russell J. Branaghan, Emily A. Hildebrand and L. Bryant Foster

2. Designing for Medication Safety

Sadaf Kazi, Allen R. Chen and Nicole L. Mollenkopf

3. Design for Digital Health

Joseph A. Cafazzo

4. Design for eHealth and Telehealth

Dena Al-Thani, Savio Monteiro and Lakshman S. Tamil

5. Design of Mobile Health Technology

Plinio Pelegrini Morita

6. Design for Effective Care Collaboration

Patrice Dolhonde Tremoulet, Susan Harkness Regli and Ramya Krishnan

Section 2: Healthcare Systems

7. Design for Critical Care

D. Kirk Hamilton

8. Design for Emergencies

Yuval Bitan

9. Design for Resilience

Lisa Sundahl Platt

10. Design for Collaborative Work

Rachel E. Mason and Ashley M. Hughes

11. Design for Stress, Fatigue, and Workload Management

Joseph K. Nuamah and Ranjana K. Mehta

12. Design for Cognitive Support

L.C. Schubel, N. Muthu, D.J. Karavite, R. Arnold and K.M. Miller

13. Design for Improved Workflow

Mustafa Ozkaynak, Blaine Reeder, Sun Young Park and Jina Huh-Yoo

14. Design for Self-Care

Victor P. Cornet, Carly Daley, Luiz H. Cavalcanti, Amit Parulekar and Richard J. Holden

Section 3: Special Population

15. Design for Inclusivity

Natalie C. Benda, Enid Montague and Rupa S. Valdez

16. Design for Global Health

Alessandra N. Bazzano and Shirley D. Yan

17. Design of Health Information and Communication Technologies for Older Adults

Christina N. Harrington, lyndsie Marie Koon and Wendy A. Rogers


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About the Editors

Arathi Sethumadhavan

Arathi Sethumadhavan is the Head of User Research of Ethics & Society in Cloud+AI at Microsoft, where she is responsible for bringing the perspectives of traditionally disempowered and neglected communities into shaping products. Key technology areas include AI across speech, computer vision, face recognition, and mixed reality. 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 several years investigating the implications of automation on air traffic controller performance and situation awareness. She has published numerous articles on a range of topics from patient safety, affective computing, and human-robot interaction, has delivered nearly 50 talks at national and international conferences, and been recognized by the American Psychological Foundation, the American Psychological Association, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Arathi has a PhD in Human Factors Psychology from Texas Tech University and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Calicut University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Microsoft, Redmond, WA, United States

Farzan Sasangohar

Farzan Sasangohar, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering as well as Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M University. He is also a Scientist and Assistant Professor at the Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Outcomes Research and Department of Surgery. Prior to joining TAMU, he worked as the Manager of Design Research at TD Bank and as a Research Scientist at MIT AeroAstro. He has experience designing, developing, and evaluating human-systems in different domains such as aviation, process control, surface transportation, finance, and health care. Farzan has received a PhD in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2015, an SM in Engineering Systems from MIT in 2011, a MASc and BCS in Systems Design Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2010 and 2007, and a BA in Information Technology from York University in 2009. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and his research, teaching, and service have received national and international recognition. Farzan's research interests include remote health and performance monitoring, system resilience and safety, and user-centered design.

Affiliations and Expertise

Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, United States


"Having the capacity to cover topics ranging from medication reconciliation all the way to self-care of the artificial heart is an ambitious goal. I believe this tightly written volume offers a lot to readers tasked with both design and evaluation of health-relevant systems." --Doody

"This book is the rare example of fundamental academic literature paired with practitioner-oriented advice. Topics cover the spectrum of designing for health, from consideration of devices and systems to the individual needs of patients and healthcare providers. Each chapter contains a case study written by an expert in the field that is engaging and brings the research to life. Sethumadhavan and Sasangohar, with their many years of experience in design for health, have brought together an impressive group of scientists to create a cohesive and approachable book for researchers, designers, human factors practitioners, and healthcare professionals." --Anne Collins McLaughlin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, North Carolina State University

"This book illustrates how practitioners and researchers have used the human factors approach to solve problems at different levels of the health care system. The case study format used in the book provides a very unique and inside-perspective on the challenges involved in healthcare and how they were addressed. Each chapter clearly illustrates how the human factors approach can adapt to address different issues, populations, and systems. Ranging from issues encountered from consumer-oriented perspective up to the health care system itself, the book is a valuable and comprehensive resource for anyone interested in creative applications of human factors to complex problems." --Richard Pak, Professor, Clemson University

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