If preventable error in hospitals was a disease, it would be our sixth biggest killer, ahead of diabetes and ahead of road accidents. We have had so many problems with IT systems in hospitals that some have argued that healthcare has become an IT problem, and certainly it is one of the key barriers to improving healthcare.
This lecture focuses on computer and IT systems in hospitals, including mobile devices, what's wrong with them and how they can be improved. Such problems are ubiquitous, and by no means limited to healthcare.
Harold Thimbleby is professor of computer science at Swansea University where he established the Future Interaction Technology Lab. His passion is designing dependable computer systems to accommodate human error. He has been a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award holder and a Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow. He has also contributed to the Encyclopedia Brittanica and was Gresham Professor of Geometry between 2001 and 2004.
All of Professor Thimbleby's previous lectures may be accessed here.