Future Trends in Human Factors
Over the last decade, technological advances seem to occur at an ever faster rate and concepts that only recently seemed in the realm of science fiction are now more readily attainable. This chapter highlights the growing interface between HF and medicine, with research being conducted across the care spectrum, from the design of electronic medical records (EMRs), team training, and communication protocols, to the reengineering of an entire hospital system. It provides a brief, high-level overview of important issues concerning impact of sophisticated automation in transportation as well as emerging technologies that may allow operators to interact with tools using brain control interfaces (BCIs), which hold promise for user populations including the disabled. As technology advances at an ever-increasing pace, there continues to be a need for human–systems integration. This need becomes further necessary as we integrate advanced technologies into complex and high-risk systems.