Advancing the Human Factors of Medical Devices.




The mission of the Human Factors MEdical DevIce Consortium (hfMEDIC) is to engage industry and universities in a partnership to develop safer and more effective medical devices through human-centered design. 

The hfMEDIC envisions an integrated multidisciplinary team that builds on the strengths and resources of all stakeholders (patients, healthcare providers, industry, academia, and regulators) to address priorities of the Institute of Medicine which, in 2000, identified an epidemic of medical errors in the US health care system and recognized that the solution must include human factors, a scientific discipline that considers the limitations and capabilities of the people who use the devices so that the design results in accurate and safe performance. 

Although academic researchers have the human factors expertise, they have limited access to medical devices and limited time and resources to create systematic research programs on medical devices, and to train and retain research staff and students. Industries are the primary force behind the development of medical devices and combination products, but these may not be based on evidence-based, human-centered design principles in partially due to the challenge of maintaining in-house human factors research and development teams, requiring a reliance on costly outside consultants. 

These limitations can be addressed by bringing together the expertise and resources of universities and industries which is the purpose of hfMEDIC. 



Academic members and partners

University of Utah (lead), North Carolina State University, Rice University, San Jose State University, University of Maryland.

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