Workshop on Human Error and Complex Systems in Clinical Environments
15-17th April 1999, The Senate Room, University of Glasgow.
Human error in the management and operation of clinical information systems is
an increasing focus for public concern.
Clinicians are being presented with increasingly complex user interfaces to
diagnostic and therapeutic systems.
At the same time, their managers are being faced with the challenge of
purchasing, maintaining and integrating new systems into already complex
These factors raise profound issues that affect systems engineering, clinical
training, managerial control and incident reporting.
This workshop will, therefore, provide a forum for practitioners and researchers
to discuss leading edge techniques that can be used to assess and mitigate the impact
of human error with complex clinical systems.
Our intention is to focus the workshop upon techniques that can be easily
integrated into existing clinical practices.
With this in mind, each day will have a different theme.
The session on Thursday 15th April will focus on human error in the operation
of clinical systems.
Friday, 16th will focus more narrowly upon the management of these systems
within clinical environments.
We would also encourage papers that cross these boundaries.
Saturday 17th April will provide the opportunity for informal discussions about
the issues raised during the workshop.
The day will be spent on the Isle of Arran, off the west Coast of Scotland.
It is not necessary to submit a paper in order to attend the event but please
register your interest with the organisers as places are limited.
Authors should submit extended abstracts (approximately 3 sides of A4/US letter)
to Chris Johnson, see below, to arrive no later than February 24th,
1999. Authors will be notified of the programme committee's
decision and revised full papers must be returned by March 17th for
inclusion in the proceedings. Full papers, up to twenty-five pages of A4,
will be selected for a forthcoming book to be edited in this area.
A special edition of the journal Topics in Health Information Management
will also be produced after the meeting.
Sue Bogner, Institute for the Study of Medical Error.
J. Michael Connor, Medical Genetics, University of Glasgow Medical School.
Veronique de Keyser, Psychologie du Travail, Universite de Liege.
John Fox, Imperial Cancer Research Fund.
Martin Gardner, Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.
John Gosbee, Center for Applied Medical Informatics, Michigan State University.
Chris Johnson, Department of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.
Anne-Sophie Nyssen, Psychologie du Travail, Universite de Liege.
Tjerk van der Schaaf, Safety Management Group, Technical University of Eindhoven.
David Woods, Institute for Ergonomics, Ohio State University.
Jeremy Wyatt, Health Knowledge Management Centre, University College London.
For further details contact the co-chairs:
Department of Computer Science, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QJ, Scotland.
email: [log in to unmask], tel. +44 141 330 6053, fax. +44 141 330 4913
Tjerk van der Schaaf,
Safety Management Group, Technical University of Eindhoven.
Pavilion U13, P.O.Box 513, NL-5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands
tel.: 040 - 247 24 93, fax.: 040 - 243 71 61