CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2020; 29(01): 099-103
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1702012
Section 2: Human Factors and Organizational Issues
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Human Factors and Organizational Issues

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

Publication Date:
21 August 2020 (online)


Objective: To select the best papers that made original and high impact contributions in the area of human factors and organizational issues in biomedical informatics in 2019.

Methods: A rigorous extraction process based on queries from Web of Science® and PubMed/Medline was conducted to identify the scientific contributions published in 2019 that address human factors and organizational issues in biomedical informatics. The screening of papers on titles and abstracts independently by the two editors led to a total of 30 papers. These papers were discussed for a selection of 15 finalist papers, which were then reviewed by the two editors and by three external reviewers from internationally renowned research teams.

Results: The query process resulted in 626 papers that reveal interesting and rigorous methods and important studies in human factors that move the field forward, particularly in clinical informatics and emerging technologies such as brain-computer interfaces. This year three papers were clearly outstanding and help advance the field. They provide examples of applying existing frameworks together in novel and highly illuminating ways, showing the value of theory development in human factors.

Conclusion: The selected papers make important contributions to human factors and organizational issues, expanding and deepening our knowledge of how to apply theory and applications of new technologies in health.