206815 Industrial Design and Human factors in healthcare

Industrial Design and Human factors in healthcare 206815
Spring Semester, 2016-17
(3 credits, EQ)

The course will deal with human factors and design issue related to healthcare. This will include the transfer of technology and innovation, the design of healthcare facilities based on Evidence Based Design, methodology and task analysis in healthcare, future healthcare technologies (operating room of the future, telemedicine, health smart home), data display in medical systems (auditory, visual, tactile, olfactory, multimodal), errors in medicine, damage from bad design and design for special populations (gender, elderly, disabilities,)


Professor Noemi Bitterman: noemib@tx.technion.ac.il
Office: Sego 614
Office hours: TBD

Teaching Assistant

3 lecture hours per week

* Kirwan B and L.K. Ainsworth. A Guide to Task Analysis
Taylor & Francis, London, Washington, DC. 1992.
* Kohn, L. T., Corrigan, J. M., & Donaldson, M. S. (Eds.). (2000). To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. National Academies Press.
* Weinger, M. B., Wiklund, M. E., & Gardner-Bonneau, D. J. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of human factors in medical device design. CRC Press.
* Zimring, Craig M., et al. “A review of the research literature on evidence-based healthcare design.” (2008).

Online Resources
See course Moodle for full list of online resources and bibliography.

Course Objectives
* Acquaintance with changing global trends in healthcare, and the implication on design and planning.
* Practicing research methods
* Practicing principles of Evidence based Design in healthcare

Course Topics
* Healthcare and Designing for 2020 +
* Innovation & Medical Technologies
* The healthcare environment –hospitals
* Research techniques: Task Analysis
* Future medical technologies
* Data display I healthcare (visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, multimodal)
* Medical problems from bad design
* Errors in healthcare
* Design for special populations

Course Expectations & Grading
* Active Presence in 80% of the lessons.
* Required reading during the course.
* 30% Mid-semester presentation
* 30 % Final presentation+ 40% final paper.

Key Dates

Assignments & Readings
The class shares one or two research topics.
This will be followed by designated lectures and final assignment of research and adapting.

Students with Disabilities
Any student with a disability who may need accommodations in this class must obtain an accommodation letter from Technion International’s guidance counselor, at counselor@int.technion.ac.il

ABET Outcomes
* The student will be familiar with technologies and innovations in the fields of healthcare and wellness.
* The student will be familiar with the changes of the coming century in the field of demography, medicine, wellness and ICT their implication on design and planning
* The student will be able to identify users of medical devices and understand their special needs (children, elderly, and diseases).
* The student will gain a general knowledge on research methods and Evidence Based Design (EBD) and how to apply it in design and planning of products and environments.
* The student will aware on the danger and medical problems evolving from poor design.