Category Archives: Systems Design

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Research Integrations, Inc is proud to introduce HFYI.com, our new hub to help you get geared up with human factors information so that you can address real-world challenges. “HFYI” is Human Factors – For Your Information. HFYI.com will become your go-to source for applied Human Factors training and information resources that bridge the gap between research and industry. You will find information presented in user-friendly, jargon-free language. Our applied training products provide you with the base knowledge required to address technical areas as well as structured processes so that you leave training with a strategy to effectively apply your industry expertise in a focused manner. We help equip you to confidently make effective decisions on the front lines. HFYI Training Series: Human Factors in the Aviation Design and Certification Process Course 1: Defining and Documenting Intended Function The seminal HFYI.com online training course: Defining and Documenting Intended Function is dedicated … Continue reading

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Back in the 90s when I was a free-healed, adventurous young man, many a rock climbing outing was set to the sound track of the Irish rock band U2. Eventually, the title of one of their popular albums became the sounding alert of any hazard my companions and I faced. Whether a rattlesnake on the trail, a long unprotected stretch of vertical rock, or a loose boulder on the descent, “Achtung baby!” was shouted out in warning. This playful call to attention was usually sufficient for a couple of guys in the wilderness, but in the often high stakes environment of today’s technological (and often highly automated) world, the design of alerts and warnings requires some thoughtful consideration. Although the terms alert, warning, and alarm are often used interchangeably, they can be differentiated by the level of urgency required in response. Alerts are generally described as an information display generated … Continue reading

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Last week (Oct 2-3), I attended a meeting addressing the challenges and issues related to the interoperability of medical devices hosted jointly by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss challenges, share best practices, and develop ideas for moving forward to address the issues raised. Human factors and usability issues were raised throughout the meeting, as you would expect when discussing the design and development of a complex system made up of many other systems, and all the systems have many and varied users.  There are several factors that increase system design challenges, and they all arise when addressing medical device interoperability as the design of a large system made up of all inter-related and interfacing systems.  Examples include: defining and documenting the functions and attributes of … Continue reading

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