Every day around the world thousands of people receive medical treatment. They, or their health care practitioner are using a medical device: an xray machine, a pacemaker, a medication infusion pump… So how well designed is that medical device? Did a human factors expert work on the design to help make it error proof? How can you prevent human error in the use of the device?
In this episode of Human Tech we speak with Russ Branaghan. Russ has a Ph.D. and has worked as a human factors engineer, with a specialty in healthcare for decades. He is President of Research Collective, a human factors and UX consulting firm and the author of Humanizing Healthcare — Human Factors for Medical Device Design, which was published in February of 2021.
We talk about what it’s like to design medical devices from a human factors point of view Also, in this episode Russ offers to give career advice to anyone who’s interested in getting into the field.
In this Human Tech podcast episode we talk about behavioral economics, specifically about the idea that people don’t calculate the value of products and services rationally, but they do so by following how they feel about what something is worth. Guthrie walks us through the research and the practical implications.
If you ask someone how much they know about a particular topic they tend to overestimate their own knowledge. And we tend to rely on our social network to fill in our knowledge gaps.
This illusion about how much we know is the topic of the latest Human Tech podcast episode, where we talk with Drs. Steve Sloman (Brown University) and Phil Fernbach (University of Colorado) who wrote the book, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone.
On this episode of Human Tech we talk with Dean Barker who is the VP for User Experience for United Health Group, and is also a long time friend and colleague. We talk about the challenges of finding UX staff, challenges in doing UX work at a large corporation, and some of the past projects Dean and I worked on together over the years.
These days my workdays often consist of one online meeting after another. Sometimes I have long streams of back to back meetings with less than 30 seconds in between. Sound familiar?
So on a recent call with a client last week I asked if we could all change our meeting settings so that the default is a 50 minute meeting, not a 60 minute meeting. This would give us all time to refill the water bottle, grab a bite to eat, go to the restroom, get up and do some stretching…
I haven’t had any meeting requests for 50 minutes. They are all 30 minutes (and then back to back) or 60 minutes and back to back.
Anyone tried this? Does it work? Does it help? What other ideas have you tried to make these virtual meeting days less stressful and healthier for our mental and physical well being?
If your job involves designing anything, or communicating information to others, then I think you need to read this book.
On this episode of Human Tech we interview Karl Fast and Stephen Anderson about their recently published book: Figure It Out: Getting from Information to Understanding.
On the episode I act like a fan girl at the beginning, but really, the book impressed me that much. It may change the way you think about thinking and how people process information. It should change the way you present and share any kind of information, whether text, visual, digital or physical.
It’s not a “quick bites” type of read. It’s fairly substantial, but it is so well written and with lots and lots of examples, that I recommend it to everyone involved in any kind of information design/communication.
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