Dr. Joseph Cafazzo

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is Executive Director and Founder of Healthcare Human Factors at the University Health Network (UHN), a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and a member of the International Scientific Collaboration (ISC) at EXCITE International.

Since 2010, he has led the team to perform academic research and human factors evaluation services for private companies and public institutions, including national and provincial governmental agencies, start-ups and multi-national companies, and clinical patient safety leaders.

Healthcare Human Factors has been applauded by the FDA for conducting the most rigorous human factors methods in the development of medical device technologies, and has assisted numerous US- and internationally-based medical device manufacturers in their premarket 510(k) submissions to the FDA. Healthcare Human Factors has attracted more than $8M in external funding from both public and private sector in the last 5 years and has grown to become the largest group of its kind internationally.

As a biomedical engineer, Dr. Cafazzo has spent his entire career in a hospital setting. Dr. Cafazzo and his team are the biggest critics of poorly designed health technologies and their ineffectiveness. He surrounds himself with whip-smart, and passionate engineers and designers who are creating technologies that are spirited, modern, people-focused, and truly improve the patient experience.

Joseph Cafazzo, EXCITE International ISC

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo

Lead for the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation

Dr. Cafazzo is also Lead at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, a state-of-the-art research facility devoted to the evaluation and design of healthcare technology, hosting seventy researchers and staff . At the University of Toronto, Dr. Cafazzo is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of clinical engineering, human factors, and health informatics.

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