CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2019; 28(01): 078-080
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1677927
Section 2: Human Factors and Organizational Issues
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Human Factors and Sociotechnical Issues

Sylvia Pelayo
1  University of Lille, INSERM, CHU Lille, CIC-IT 1403/Evalab - Centre d’Investigation Clinique, EA 2694, F-59000 Lille, France
Yalini Senathirajah
2  University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, Pittsburgh, USA
Section Editors for the IMIA Yearbook Section on Human Factors and Organizational Issues› Author Affiliations
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Publication History

Publication Date:
16 August 2019 (online)



Objective: To summarize significant research contributions on human factors (HF) and organizational issues in medical informatics published in 2018.

Methods: An extensive search using PubMed/Medline and Web of Science® was conducted to identify the scientific contributions published in 2018 that address human factors and organizational issues in medical informatics. The selection process comprised three steps: (i) 15 candidate best papers were first selected by the two section editors, (ii) external reviewers from internationally renowned research teams reviewed each candidate best paper, and (iii) the final selection of four best papers was conducted by the editorial board of the Yearbook.

Results: The four selected best papers are excellent contributions to the HF literature: they show the added value of HF studies by providing nice illustrated and rigorous interventions.

Conclusion: HF interventions are known to have great potential to contribute to efficient HIT design, but the interventions still face challenges in successfully demonstrating their value to the main stakeholders of the healthcare domain. There is a need to strengthen the demand for high-quality HF studies by increasing awareness among powerful stakeholders of the value of high-quality HF studies.