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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

Considerations for the design of safe and effective consumer health IT applications in the home.

Zayas-Cabán T, Dixon BE. Quality & safety in health care. 2010;19 Suppl 3:i61-7.

The number of health information technology (IT) applications for patients is growing, as part of larger efforts to engage patients in safety efforts. This AHRQ study evaluates the role of human factors and ergonomics in the design and implementation of five IT applications intended for patients' home use. In some cases, failure to appreciate human factors engineering principles led to the applications not being used.