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Title A Human-centered Approach to Medical Informatics for Medical Students, Residents, and Practicing Clinicians
Author(s) Richard W. Stahlhut, MD, mS; John W. Gosbee, MD, MS; Daryle J. Gardner-Bonneau, PhD
Source Academic Medicine, Vol. 72, No. 10, Pages 881-887
Publication Date October 1997
Abstract The authors have developed a curriculum in medical informatics that focuses on practical problems in clinical medicine, rather than on the details of informatics technologies. Their development of this human-centered curriculum was guided by the identification of six key clinical challenges that must be addressed by practitioners in the near future and by an examination of the failures of past informatics efforts to make a significant difference in the everyday practice of clinical medicine. Principles of human factors engineering--the body of knowledge about those human abilities, limitations, and characteristics that are relevant to design--are an essential part of this curriculum. Human factors engineering also provides the necessary perspective, as well as the concrete knowledge and methods, that can enable practitioners to properly evaluate their clinical information needs, weight the merits of proposed technology-based solutions, and understand their own inherent performance limitations.

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