The Centre for Human Factors Engineering of Health Information Technology (HIT lab) is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Medical Informatics and the Educational Institute of Medical Informatics of the University of Amsterdam. HIT lab aims at contributing to the optimization of the design and use of interactive health care technology. It strives for highly usable interactive healthcare technology which optimally supports health care providers and patients in their daily information processing, decision making and (self) care activities.
To achieve this goal, several human factors engineering projects are being performed. In these projects human strengths and limitations are taken into account in the evaluation and optimization of the design of all kinds of interactive healthcare applications. Human factors engineering methods that are being applied in the HIT lab include ethnographic methods, task analysis, work flow analysis, cognitive modelling, cognitive walkthroughs, think aloud user testing (a direct observation method that involves asking users to think out loud as they are performing a task), and heuristic usability methods (an evaluation method in which one or more experts compare a digital product's design to a list of predefined design principles).
Principal Investigator: Prof. dr. Monique Jaspers
Managing director of the HIT lab is Ass. Prof. Dr. L. Dusseljee-Peute