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Digital Health Human Factors Research Group

Improving the fit between health technology and its users
We apply Human Factors (HF) methods and approaches to evaluate and optimise health technologies to support healthcare work and improve patient safety.

The Digital Health Human Factors Research Group is a part of the Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health research theme in the School of Medical Sciences, and is part of the Charles Perkins Centre.

Our research seeks to understand and improve the interactions between users, health technologies and organisations using mixed-methods approaches. Research areas include:

  • Understanding and improving the fit between clinicians and digital health
  • Electronic medication management systems, electronic prescribing
  • Computerised decision support
  • Safety of digital health
  • Unintended consequences of digital health use and implementation
  • Evaluation and implementation of digital health technologies
  • Human factors methods and approaches

Our research

  • Optimising clinical decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden
  • Reducing inappropriate polypharmacy for older inpatients
  • A tool for evaluating medication alerting systems
  • Exploring system-related errors associated with long-term use of electronic medication management
  • Mixed-method evaluation of antimicrobial stewardship in digital hospitals
  • Evaluation of nursing and midwifery education modules
  • Using decision support for more responsive care, better patient outcomes and greater efficiency, Digital Health CRC Project
  • Human factors and safety analysis methods in the design and redesign of electronic medication management systems
  • Evaluation of Real Time Prescription Monitoring in NSW
  • Patient centred eHealth approach to improving outcomes for gout sufferers
  • Evaluation and optimisation of the Vocera Badge communication application
  • Evaluation of the electronic transfer of care (eTOC) solution
  • Assessing the impact of a self-guided digital intervention for fear of cancer recurrence (iConquerFear) in ovarian cancer survivors: a pilot randomised waitlist-controlled trial
  • Optimising computerised decision support to transform medication safety and reduce prescriber burden (NHMRC Partnership grant)
  • Creating a culture of safety and respect: a controlled, mixed methods study of the effectiveness of a behavioural accountability intervention to reduce unprofessional behaviours (NHMRC Partnership grant)
  • A dashboard to deliver care quality and person-centred outcomes in aged care (NHMRC Partnership Grant)
  • Using decision support for more responsive care, better patient outcomes and greater efficiency (Digital Health CRC Project)
  • The Get Healthy Coaching Service to reduce the burden of low back pain: effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and scalability (NHMRC Partnership Grant)
  • Between the flags – Pediatric reference ranges (eHealth NSW)
  • Evaluation of the electronic transfer of care (eTOC) solution (eHealth NSW)

Our people

  • Ms Bethany Van Dort: PhD Candidate
  • Ms Madaline Kinlay: PhD Candidate
  • Dr Emma Tay: PhD Candidate
  • Ms Selvana Awad: PhD Candidate
  • Ms Nicki Newton: PhD Candidate

The Digital Health Human Factors Research Group regularly collaborates with industry partners, local health districts and government. Some of our partners include:

  • eHealth NSW
  • eHealth QLD
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • Northern Sydney Local Health District
  • Digital Health CRC
  • Murrumbidgee Local Health District
  • Alcidion
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Macquarie University
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Group leader

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Professor Melissa Baysari
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Our location

Address
  • RC Mills Building, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney.