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April 29, 2021

2021 HFES International Symposium on Healthcare in Human Factors Coverage Roundup

2021 HFES International Symposium on Healthcare in Human Factors Coverage Roundup

2021 HFES International Symposium on Healthcare in Human Factors Coverage Roundup (April 2021)

Hey everyone, since we had multiple bonus podcast episodes that provided coverage of the 2021 HFES International Symposium on Healthcare in Human Factors, we wanted to package them all up as a resource for anyone to catch up on some of the content we have produced. These episodes were produced separately from our weekly podcast and will hopefully provide value to everyone interested in the event! Going forward we will likely continue with these conference coverage roundups in instances where there are more than 2 episodes covering the events. 

Conference Coverage:

Our general coverage consisted of a preview and a recap of the event, check them out here:

Take a sneak peek at what to expect from the #HCS2021Sympoisum

Check our recap of the event.



We also had a great opportunity to sit down with some of the presenters from this year's conference. Be sure to check out some of our interviews with these fantastic people!

Rebecca Butler

  • Interview with Rebecca Butler
  • Rebecca Butler is an Operations Manager for the MedStar Health system safety team. In this role, she helps manage the system’s adverse event reporting and review processes. Rebecca specializes in integrating human factors engineering and safety science principles to create and implement solutions that increase safety throughout the MedStar Health system. She also has expertise in medical device usability and previously served as a consultant to manufacturers working through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pre-market submission process. She holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in human factors and applied cognition from George Mason University.

Myrtede Alfred

  • Interview with Myrtede Alfred
    • Dr. Myrtede Alfred is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She conducts research on surgical instrument reprocessing, anesthesia medication safety, robotic-assisted surgery, and maternal health disparities.  In her role, she also reviews patient safety incidents and provide human factors expertise on quality improvement efforts. She has over 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and serves as PI or Co-I on several AHRQ-funded grants. She enjoys outdoor activities, good coffee, and David Attenborough documentaries. In her free time she also runs a STEAM education nonprofit, called Marie’s Kids, in North Charleston.

Digital Student Health Design Competition Winners

  • Interview with the Digital Student Health Design Competition Winners (Team Mothership)
    • Sofia Noejovich was born and raised in New York and came to Wisconsin to study industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's been in human factors research for 2 years under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Werner and 1 year under the supervision of Dr. John Lee. She is fascinated by the relationship between people and technology and hopes to facilitate the use of technology for the betterment of humanity. In her free time, she plays guitar, runs, cooks, experiments with text analysis, and reads books about psychology and historical figures.
    • Dhivya Umachandran is an undergraduate in Industrial Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison graduating in the Spring of 2021. Involved in Human Factors Research through the Werner Lab at UW-Madison. Joining full time with SPX Flow in their Global Manufacturing Operations Rotational program in June.
    • Anna Linden is a first year PhD student at UW Madison in Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a focus in human factors. She is interested in the intersection of design, technology, and health care systems. Anna formerly worked as a research analyst for Mayo Clinic’s Health Systems Engineering team, and in 2019-2020 completed a Fulbright with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on the physical and psychological demands of home health workers, and has been working in the Werner Lab since fall 2020.

For more information about this year's conference, visit the official HFES Health Care Symposium Website:

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