CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction for Medical Devices) is an EPSRC-funded project to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps. By understanding more about device design and human factors, medical errors can be reduced thus saving lives. Our goal is to learn more about medical devices and how people design, buy and use them in the real world. From this understanding we will investigate how to reduce the likelihood and consequences of human error. We are working with patients and their carers, nurses and other medical practitioners, manufacturers who create medical devices, NHS staff who purchase them and regulatory bodies who oversee patient safety. Further information on the CHI+MED project can be found on the CHI+MED website. Click here to view this information in Chinese.

Upcoming Events

CHI+MED summit (7 June 2012): 1st Safe Interaction Summit, China.

A one-day summit will be held, in English, at Fudan University, Shanghai, P.R. China on Thurdsay 7 June 2012 (9am-5.30pm).


Every year, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) receives over 12000 MDRs (Medical Device Report) associated with the use of infusion pumps. 35/% of these cases were reported as deaths or serious injuries. Analysis shows many of these problems appear to be a result of faulty design. Failure to design for human factors in clinical context has jeopardized not only patient safety, the trust they put in healthcare practioners and the reputation of medical device manufacturers. Subsequent root cause analyses revealed that many of these design problems were foreseeable and, therefore, in principle preventable. In the US, the landmark "To Err is Human" report puts death from preventable errors in hospitals at a comparable rate to deaths from road accidents. In the UK, the President of the Royal College of Physicians called for a national system for recording adverse medical events in 2001, after saying mistakes in NHS (National Health Service) hospitals may be contributing to the deaths of almost 70,000 patients a year. The Safe Interaction Summit focuses on the medical, psychological and human computer interaction background to human error in safety critical field. Summit leaders are world experts, and will work with participants to drive the field forward, including supporting collaborative research and underlying methodologies, particularly exploring the interdisciplinary issues and conflicts. This summit will build up a platform where academic and industrial researchers working in combined fields can come together to review their work and find ways to improve quality and impact in the design of interactive devices in safety critical field.

More Information

To reserve your place please contact Dr Karen Li. PDF flyers for the event in English (265kb) and Chinese (535kb).