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Paper on automation in surgery wins 2011 Human Factors Prize for Excellence in HF/E Research
Date:8/18/2011

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates Dietrich Manzey, Maria Luz, Stefan Mueller, Andreas Dietz, Juergen Meixensberger, and Gero Strauss on receiving the 2011 Human Factors Prize for their article, "Automation in Surgery: The Impact of Navigated-Control Assistance on Performance, Waorkload, Situation Awareness, and Acquisition of Surgical Skills."

The 2011 Prize topic is health-care ergonomics, broadly defined to include research at the intersection of health care and human factors/ergonomics. The paper by Manzey et al. reports a pair of studies designed to investigate the performance consequences of advanced automated navigation support for surgeons. These navigation systems support the surgeon's spatial orientation in the operative site by automatically identifying the position of the surgical instrument and displaying it in relation to the patient's anatomical structure on a navigation screen. The principle of "navigated control," which was the focus of Manzey et al.'s research, represents the latest advancement in automated navigation support. The results of their research demonstrate that navigated-control assistance provides benefits for patient safety and surgical outcome, though such assistance can slow performance, increase subjective workload and attentional demands, and reduce situation awareness.

The Human Factors Prize Board of Referees, a distinguished group of HF/E researchers and practitioners chaired by Immediate Past Human Factors Editor Nancy J. Cooke, found that the paper presents an excellent integration of theory and practice. Its theoretical contributions to the field of human-automation interaction are its successful efforts to link the concept of automation levels, situation awareness, workload, and performance. In addition, the data have important implications for the practice of health care both in the implementation of automation and in training. The increasing use of information technology in healt
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