Human-Systems Informatics Laboratory



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Recognizing that health outcomes emerge from interactions between people and health information technology (IT) that are part of larger "socio-technical" healthcare systems, the Human-Systems Informatics Lab was founded as a transdisciplinary team in 2018. Applying principles and methods from the information sciences, human-centered design, and healthcare delivery sciences, we study interactions between people and information systems to produce safer, more effective health IT. The lab's approach has a joint emphasis on human-system performance and patient-centered outcomes so that health IT empowers people and enhances decision-making.

This multi-investigator lab conducts both collaborative research with faculty in the CHOP Research Institute and primary investigator-driven research. Their research portfolio targets the most important pediatric care delivery challenges identified by parents and health system leaders.

The lab shares CHOP’s three-pronged mission of excellent patient care, innovative research, and quality professional education. Lab members provide invited lectures in multiple graduate education courses at the University of Pennsylvania and the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics, lead electronic health record simulations for general pediatric residency trainees, and serve as course directors of the clinical skills clerkship in health IT for medical students and the GME clinical informatics rotation for fellows.

Links of Interest

Center for Pediatric Resuscitation

Research Highlights

  • The Human-Systems Informatics Lab has been supported with institutional funds and by the National Library of Medicine, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • Lab team members contribute to national research efforts through the Pediatric Clinical Decision Support Collaborative, Improving Diagnosis in Pediatrics Working Group, and the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings Network.
  • Members of the lab lead the Health IT Safety, Quality Improvement in Diagnosis and Clinical Decision Support programs in patient care delivery at CHOP.

Naveen Muthu, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Muthu's research interest is in cognitive informatics and clinical decision support systems. His current focus is on the recognition of clinical deterioration in hospitalized children, integration of risk predictions into decision support and how decision support systems affect patient safety.