Centre for Healthcare Technologies
University of Nottingham
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Human Factors for Healthcare Technologies

User-Centered Design Process: Conceptual Design, Design and Implementation, Usability Evaluation, Launch and Maintenance, User Requirements Analysis

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The Human Factors Research Group will contribute to the work of the CHT and Healthcare Technologies RPA through the provision of novel and established Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) methodologies, working in close collaboration with engineering, medical and other allied disciplines  to  achieve an evidenced based, human centred approach to the research into and development of novel healthcare technologies. 

The integration of Human Factors in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of Healthcare Technologies is a vital part of ensuring that:

  • devices and systems fit the needs of their users and stakeholders
  • devices and systems are developed with consideration for the specific environments and contexts in which they will be used

Some of the benefits to developers of healthcare technologies, health service providers and procurement pathways from integrating Human Factors into their processes are shown below:

Benefits to Healthcare Industry from HF integration

There is an increasing demand for the integration of HFE (Human Factors and Ergonomics) not only in healthcare technology design but also within health service provision, systems and organisation. The Human Factors Research Group (HFRG) can provide a comprehensive service of HFE methods and tools to understand what is required of novel healthcare technologies by all users, how they will be used and integrated more widely into the health service and / or community care.

Expertise offered by HFRG:

  • User Requirements Capture
  • User Centred Design
  • Analysis of the sociotechnical systems in which technologies will need to operate 
  • Usability Testing 
  • Workload Analysis (cognitive and physical) 
  • Error and Reliability Analysis
  • Development of training, education and documentation for technology use 
  • User Experience

Take a look at our other pages to understand the range of work being undertaken by our Human Factors team:



Contacts within Human Factors Research Group, coordinating healthcare related work

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