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World Usability Day creates awareness for usability and healthcare

October 30, 2007

MESA, Ariz. — World Usability Day (WUD) 2007 will take place on Nov. 8 and Arizona State University’s Department of Applied Psychology and Cognitive Engineering Research Institute will host World Usability Day-Phoenix. This year’s focus will be on healthcare.

The free and open event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Student Union Annex, Annex Ballroom at ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

Speakers include:

  • Theo Mandel, Ph.D., Healthcare Chairman, World Usability Day 2007
    “Healthcare Usability in the Trenches: Resuscitating the User Experience of a Touch-Screen Documentation System for EMS and Fire-Rescue Professionals”
  • Robert A. North, Ph. D., Chief Scientist, Agilis Consulting Group
    “When ‘Usable’ Isn’t Enough: Managing Risks with Medical Device User Interactions”
  • Nancy Cooke, Ph.D., Arizona State University Cognitive Engineering Research Institute
    “Technology for Collaboration: Solution or Problem”

Food and refreshments will be served. Software, books and other World Usability Day materials will be awarded in a raffle. Must be present to win!

World Usability Day was founded in 2005 with a mission to increase the public's awareness of the need to make the services and products important to human life easier to access and simpler to use. Global issues such as healthcare, education and government are addressed through expert forums, exhibits, events and initiatives in numerous locations throughout the world.

For information about the event, contact Theo Mandel, Ph.D., Healthcare Chairman, World Usability Day 2007, or 480.664.1202. For information about location, visit or or call (480) 727-1098.