Archive for July 24th, 2011

July 24, 2011

The human factor in home health

There is so much talk about how we can automate health care of improve processes. What about the human factors of home health?

AHRQ and the National Academies have wondered about it, too. A report has been released from a 2009 working group. The new report outlines the impact of technology, environment, policy and human factors on the growing field of home health care.

Health Care Comes Home: The Human Factors, describes the areas in which human factors can influence health care in the home; what devices and tools are available; and the changes health information technology has created in the delivery of home health care.  It also discusses the ways different cultures approach health care in the home and the effects that policy and regulations can have on health care in the home.  The report offers recommendations on next steps to ensure quality health care in the home setting.

If you want to read the report, download the PDF. Ordering the paper copy does cost you some money. Select to read the report and recommendations and select for the designer’s guide.