Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is Lead for 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.
As a biomedical engineer, he has spent his entire career in a hospital setting. By observing healthcare delivery from the inside, he works on ways to keep people out of hospital by creating technologies that allow for self-care at home. At the same time, Joe 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.
Dr. Cafazzo is an active researcher of the use of technology to facilitate patient self-care of complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, end-stage renal disease, and congestive heart failure. He has advised and conducted research for public sector policy makers and private sector medical technology companies on the design and safety of technology in healthcare.
Dr. Cafazzo founded Healthcare Human Factors at the University Health Network - the largest group of its kind devoted to the application of human factors engineering to problems of healthcare delivery and patient safety.
He is a recipient of the Career Scientist award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In 2011, Dr. Cafazzo was named Clinical Lead, Design and Engineering, of the newly established Techna Institute, University Health Network.