Human-Computer Interaction in Health Technology

​Steno Rounds den 28. februar 2019 med professor Jakob Eyvind Bardram, Director, Copenhagen Center for Health Technology. Foredraget er på engelsk.

Human-Computer Interaction in Health Technology - When Badly Designed User-Interfaces Could Kill Patients

Human-computer Interaction (HCI) has been a core discipline within computer science from the very beginning. In recent years, HCI has grown to become a huge research topic which attracts researchers worldwide to the largest computer science conferences and most impactful journals.

HCI plays a core role in the design of health technology; badly designed user-interfaces can slow down clinical work, can lead to frustrations and adverse events, and may even kill patients, whereas well designed user interfaces makes clinicians more efficient (and happy) in their work, helps manage high complexity in clinical work, and may help patients in (self-)treatment and care.

In this talk, I will outline HCI as a scientific discipline in computer science, including how modern HCI methods are applied to obtain well-designed user-interfaces. I will use examples from my own research in two areas; (i) the design of clinical logistics systems for use by clinicians in hospitals, and (ii) the design of personal health technology for use by patients (and clinicians) in the treatment and care of bipolar disorders.

Jakob E. Bardram is a professor in computer science at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (DTU Compute), an adjunct professor in public health at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), and the director of the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology (CACHET).

His research interests include Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Computing Technology, Mobile Sensing, Human-Computer Interaction, and Software Architecture. Currently, the main application areas of this research is within healthcare, ranging from interactive displays for clinical logistics to personal health technology for mental health, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes.

Based on his research, Jakob E. Bardram has been part of co-founding three companies where he has served in different executive roles and as a board member. He is a senior member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).

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