CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Yearb Med Inform 2022; 31(01): 221-225
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1742543
Section 8: Human Factors and Organizational Issues

Best Papers in Human Factors and Sociotechnical Development

Yalini Senathirajah
1   Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA
Anthony E. Solomonides
2   Program Director, Research Institute, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Illinois, USA
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Objectives: To select the best papers that made original and high impact contributions in human factors and organizational issues in biomedical informatics in 2021.

Methods: A rigorous extraction process based on queries from Web of Science® and PubMed/Medline was conducted to identify the scientific contributions published in 2021 that address human factors and organizational issues in biomedical informatics. The screening of papers on titles and abstracts independently by the two section editors led to a total of 3,206 papers. These papers were discussed for a selection of 12 finalist papers, which were then reviewed by the two section editors, two chief editors, and by three external reviewers from internationally renowned research teams.

Results: The query process resulted in 12 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 and mobile health. This year three papers were clearly outstanding and help advance in the field. They provide examples of examining novel and important topics such as the nature of human-machine interaction behavior and norms, use of social-media based design for an electronic health record, and emerging topics such as brain-computer interfaces. thematic development of electronic health records and usability techniques, and condition-focused patient facing tools. Those concerning the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) were included as part of that section.

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.

Section Editors for the IMIA Yearbook Section on Human Factors and Organizational Issues

Publication History

Article published online:
04 December 2022

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