2016 TG Survey

As we move forward with HCTG activities, we would like to learn more about our members. Specifically, we are hoping to better understand attendance at the Health Care Symposium and Annual Meeting and to understand with which other organizations our members are affiliated. When you need a short break from your busy schedules, please fill out this brief, 10 question survey.

TG Survey

We are soliciting ideas about the Health Care TG can better serve you as well as the readership and the utility of the newsletter.

We have a short (10 questions) survey to help us understand how we can make the TG better as well as the best channel for communication.

The survey is available until Feb. 27 –  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GP9LZ67

The results of this survey will be published in the next newsletter.

Four photos from a great night.

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Tuesday, October 23rd (7:00 – 9:00pm)

Following the PDTG Business Meeting, the Product Design Technical Group and the Healthcare Technical Group will again be co-hosting a networking event at the HFES Annual Meeting.  As a member of one or both of these groups, you are cordially invited to attend.  Prospective members of either group are also welcome to attend so encourage your friends and colleagues who are seriously considering a TG membership to come with you. The purpose is to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones. You can see last year’s attendees enjoying the event in the photos below.  Evidence of the networking’s value comes from two outcomes told to me after the event.  They are unrelated to each other.

“I returned from HFES 2011 with a new job opportunity, a direct result of networking at the Product Design & Health Care TG’s Networking Event!”

“The networking event was an opportunity to socialize with some old friends and colleagues and make a few new ones as well. I distinctly remember being impressed with meeting a PhD candidate who I subsequently reconnected with many months after the event.  The result: she is now an employee of my company.”

The location for the event is at Lucky’s Lounge, 355 Congress Street at the corner of A Street. That’s just a 10 minute walk from our conference hotel. Plentiful food and a drink will be provided courtesy of the generous sponsors who are supporting our networking event. In addition to the two TGs, sponsors who have already seen the value of a rich networking opportunity are Design Concepts, Continuum, UserWorks, Design Science, Usability Associates, Ximedica, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, Core Human Factors, UserCentric, and Jay Pollack Consulting.

At the 2012 HFES Annual Meeting, PDTG and HCTG will jointly host the 3rd annual networking event for members of those two technical groups.  The first two events, in San Francisco and then Las Vegas, were held in a private area at a restaurant within walking distance of the conference hotel.  In Las Vegas 138 attendees reconnected with old friends and met new ones while enjoying complimentary drinks and food.  Even door prizes were given at the end of the event.  This was all made possible by several generous companies and organizations who sponsored the event along with the two TGs.  Thanks go to:

  • Case New Holland (CNH)
  • User Centric
  • UserWorks
  • National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare
  • Design Science
  • Usability Associates
  • Jay Pollack Consulting Human Factors Practice

Sponsors get exposure before during and after the event by way of emails, signage, newsletter articles, session announcements, and websites.  For more details about sponsor benefits and how to make a tax-deductible donation, contact a member of the organizing committee.

Stan Caplan, scaplan [at] usabilityassociates [dot] com

Laurie Reiprich, laurie.reiprich [at] gmail [dot] com

Terry Fairbanks, terry.fairbanks [at] medicalhfe [dot] org

Anne Miller, anne.miller [at] Vanderbilt [dot] edu

Thanks also go to Margaux Price and Nicole Fink who took photos during the event, which was held on the outdoor patio of the Agave restaurant.  A small sample of those photos can be seen below or you can click here to see all of the photos from the event.


The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society invites you to attend the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, to be held March 12–14 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. Visit the symposium Web page for details about

  • submitting a proposal
  • reserving a sponsorship
  • viewing the program as it develops

The objective of the symposium is to bring together professionals and other stakeholders in both the scientific and practice realms of the health-care community and to bridge knowledge gaps among them. HF/E professionals will present the latest research, best practices, and case histories.

The Spring 2011 Newsletter is now available. Click PDF to download it.