Health information technology (IT) implementation has encompassed much of the United States health care system over the past decade, and user frustration with health IT has steadily increased. Human factors and ergonomics (HFE) methods and approaches can improve the design, implementation, and use of health IT for clinicians and consumers. To better understand the effect of federal HFE in health IT research funding, the authors conducted a review of several key, specific initiatives. The review focused on the goals and accomplishments of these initiatives. Findings to date show that HFE is improving the usefulness of health IT, but additional research and new methods are needed. Corresponding research funding and policy priorities are identified. New HFE work and innovative approaches are needed to capitalize on HFE knowledge, principles, and methods to improve the design, implementation, and use of health IT at a broader scale.
Keywords: Health care; Health information technology; Human factors and ergonomics.
Published by Elsevier Ltd.