SYSTEMS ENGINEERING USABILITY AND INTEGRATION CORE

Background

 

The goal of the Systems Engineering, Usability, and Integration (SEUI) Core is to leverage health systems engineering approaches to support the development of three individual projects as well as their integration as a “system-of-systems”. The SEUI Core is leading the integration of the individual PSLL projects with Epic’s electronic health record (EHR) and the incident reporting system. Our specific objectives are to:

 

  • Identify and provide appropriate systems design and engineering methods for each project.
  • Identify and provide human factors expertise to ensure user’s relationship and interface with the environment, the software, and the system as a whole are addressed.
  • Integrate the intervention with Epic’s EHR and incident reporting system.

 

The overall goals of the SEUI Core are to (i) support each of the identified three projects with systems engineering and human factors usability methods appropriate to those projects, (ii) use these and related approaches to maximize integration and performance with our EHR and safety reporting system, and (iii) develop integrated models and systems engineering analysis to study and optimize the performance of the overall “system-of-systems” of the three projects combined as an integrated whole. These goals will be accomplished by 1) identifying and providing appropriate systems design and engineering methods for each project; 2) identifying and providing human factors expertise to ensure user’s relationship and interface with the environment, the technology, and the system as a whole are addressed; 3) integrating each project solution with the EHR to ensure widespread dissemination; 4) using systems engineering analysis and modeling of the overall system of systems; and 5) refining these solutions and their work flow logic for implementation in local contexts.


As a general rubric, these activities will align with a continuous safety improvement process (Figure 1) including surveillance to identify at risk-patients, individualized risk assessment of threats to identified patients, mitigation strategies to reduce harm likelihood, and systematic analysis of threats and harms identified in the first 3 phases in order to iteratively refine this overall system of safety over time.

 

 

 

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