January 30, 2008
Hospital-based centre puts medical devices to the test through simulations with real doctors and nurses
The Globe and Mail featured an article in December, 2007 highlighting the work of University Health Network’s Healthcare Human Factors Group, specifically their two-year collaboration with Smiths Medical to develop a user-friendly “smart” pump-infusion system.
The UHN is an umbrella institution comprised of three hospitals -Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret. Its Human Factors Group is housed in a new $6-million facility, began operating less than three years ago and has quickly become what is believed to be the world’s largest hospital-based human-factors research centre. Human factors analysis, also called ergonomics or usability testing, is the term describing the linkage between a technology and its ease of operation.
They saw a video of professional nurses who fumbled when asked to change the medication and the dosage on a machine. They pressed several buttons on the infusion pump but nothing started the change procedure. Then they were called away by an emergency alarm when they returned to the (simulated) patient, they could not remember where they were in the process.
Smith Medical saw the video and they were mortified. This led to an extensive two-year collaboration between the company and the UHN centre to develop a user-friendly “smart” pump-infusion system.
Read this article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071204.wsrinnotesting04/BNStory/Technology/
Comments on this group’s work or other new medical devices?
March 14, 2007
Dr. Wyeth Wasserman – Tuesday, Mar 27, 1pm-2:30pm
MedFusion@Work is a series of career shadowing events that will give a small group of students an opportunity to spend 1-2 hours with a researcher in a medical informatics field. If you are interested in computational biology research, this is your opportunity to meet Dr. Wasserman and find out more about his work environment, academic background and daily activities. In addition, you may also get a tour of his lab and department.
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November 15, 2006
MedFusion Lecture Series
Event Title: What is Bioinformatics?
Guest Speaker: Dr. Joanne Fox
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
with Q&A to follow
Michael Smith Laboratories – Room 101
One day, you’ll be able to walk into your doctor’s office with your genome on a chip and ask, “Tell me what I’ve got, doc!”. In her seminar, Dr. Fox will give a personal view of what it’s like being involved in bioinformatics research. She’ll tell you how she got involved in bioinformatics and how you can combine your interests in computers and biology in this cutting edge field of research. Download poster
November 6, 2006
This week, we will be attending another VanBUG Bioinformatics talk: Building with Bases – Computational Design of RNAs at the BC Cancer Research Centre. If you have an interest in the field of bioinformatics and would like to attend this event with us, please email rsvp (at) ubcmedfusion (dot) com and include Bioinformatics talk in the subject line.
Where: BC Cancer Research Centre, BC Cancer Research Centre Lecture Theatre , 675 West 10th Avenue
When: Thursday, November 9, 6:00pm
October 25, 2006
Wednesday, November 1
5:30 – 8:00
Visit www.escience.ubc.ca/careerexpo for more details and how to register
If you’re interested in computational biology, don’t miss this panel!
Scott Zuyderduyn BSc (Hon.) ’99 (Biology & Chemistry), PhD Candidate, BC Cancer Research
Scott graduated from UBC in 1999 with a B.Sc.(Hon.) in Biology & Chemistry. He worked at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre as a computational biologist for a year and half, and then took up management responsibility for a division of staff involved in gene expression bioinformatics. He returned to UBC as a PhD student in January, 2004. Scott is currently undertaking graduate study at the BC Cancer Research Centre, jointly with its Dept. of Cancer Genetics and the UBC Dept. of Biochemistry. His research focuses on finding computational approaches to identify genetic factors that influence response to chemotherapy.