As technology expands to dominate our use of time at work, at home, in schools and hospitals, in the global economy, and in military applications, the need for human centered design expands even more urgently. The BOHSI reports below document in myriad contexts that considering user needs, capabilities, and limitations from the design phase results in superior equipment, as well as systems, that better serve the people who use them.
This booklet provides guidance and human factors design considerations that will help designers and developers create consumer health IT applications that are useful resources to achieve better health. ? Read more
This report concludes that human factors can help improve health care in the home in four primary areas: health care technologies, caregivers in the home, residential environments for health care, and research and development. Improvement in these areas holds the promise of providing healthy living, comfort, and effective treatment to care recipients while lessening the burden on caregivers. ? Read more
In 2009 the Office of Naval Research requested that the Board on Human-Systems Integration hold a workshop that would examine three of the critical issues associated with the military's use of sociocultural data for behavioral modeling: the types of data needed to provide the complete picture of the cultural terrain of a given region; the frameworks and databases in use by the military in analyses of sociocultural behavior; and the methods and tools that can be used to aggregate sociocultural data from disparate sources into a meaningful whole. ? Read more
In April 1991 BusinessWeek ran a cover story entitled, I Can't Work This ?#!!@ Thing, about the difficulties many people have with consumer products, such as cell phones and VCRs. More than 15 years later, the situation is much the same--but at a very different level of scale.
The report's recommendations are intended not only to be relevant to the project’s military sponsors, but also to other government departments and the private sector, including the process control, manufacturing, and service industries. ? Read more