Special Issue "Ergonomics Study in Healthcare Assistive Tools and Services"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "TeleHealth and Digital Healthcare".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Hsin-Chieh Wu
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung 413310, Taiwan
Interests: Ergonomics; Work physiology; Human-computer interface
Prof. Dr. Min-Chi Chiu
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Chin Yi University of Technology, Taichung 41170, Taiwan
Interests: Occupational biomechanics; Human computer interaction; Motion analysis
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Healthcare assistive tools and services are important for addressing health problems and improving the quality of life. They form an indispensable component of healthcare systems in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and in alleviating disabilities and functional deficiencies. Healthcare assistive tools and services are designed for human use, and the quality of the interaction between the humans and healthcare assistive tools or services has a critical effect on the safety, comfort, effectiveness, and satisfaction of the people. Badly designed healthcare assistive tools or services lead to discomfort and hazards as well as complaints by the users.

The study of ergonomics is aimed at understanding the interactions between humans and other elements of a system, and it applies human factor engineering to the design of artifacts to optimize human wellbeing and the overall system performance. Therefore, ergonomics in healthcare assistive tools and services is focused on how to design these tools and services according to the users’ characteristics, abilities, and limitations, i.e., on the basis of human-centered design. The requirements of the users should always be considered in the design process. Furthermore, usability evaluations of the healthcare assistive tools and services are necessary to confirm the safety, comfort, effectiveness, and satisfaction of the patients or users.

Professor Hsin-Chieh Wu is serving as Guest Editor of this Special Issue, with Prof. Min-Chi Chiu as Co-Guest Editor. If you would like to submit a manuscript or have questions concerning the submission of a manuscript, please contact the Guest Editors.

Prof. Dr. Hsin-Chieh Wu
Prof. Dr. Min-Chi Chiu
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ergonomics study
  • Healthcare assistive tools
  • Healthcare services
  • Human-centered design
  • Usability evaluations

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Author: Ray F. Lin

Tentative Title: Effects of BIOCERAMIC Treatment on Voice Features of Depression and Insomnia Patients

Author: Chin-Mei Chou

Tentative Title: A Modified Weighted SERVQUAL Analysis and Its Application on Nursing Home

Author:Yu-Cheng Lin

Tentative Title: Application of ergonomics in healthcare assistive tools

Author:Yong-Ping Liu

Tentative Title: Application of ergonomics in healthcare information systems


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