The success of telehealth applications is dependent upon a number of
considerations, many of which are related to human factors (HF): how
humans interact with technical systems during use, training, and
maintenance. Formed in the spring of 2003, the mission of the Human
Factors Special Interest Group (SIG) is:
To promote the
conscious integration of human factors into telemedicine and e-health
systems by first providing education in the practical use of HF
principles and methodologies, and second by reaching out to the
designers and vendors of telemedicine technology and systems
To make HF a significant design and operational component of a modern, technologically enabled health care system
promote and provide education on human factors principles and
methodologies in the use of telecommunications technology in healthcare
provide a forum for ATA members to exchange information and network in
areas related to human factors in various application settings
Areas of focus for the coming year:
Form a task force to plan and design a short course for future ATA annual meetings.
Form a task force to develop Human Factors evaluation guidelines that can be applied to telemedicine projects.
Identify areas of interest shared with other ATA SIGs for potential future collaboration.