• Co-lead, Design and Engineering for Health, Techna Institute
  • Associate¬†Professor, University of Toronto

Joseph Cafazzo, Ph.D PEng

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is the Clinical Core Lead for Design and Engineering at Techna. Therein, he leads two research initiatives, The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation and Healthcare Human Factors.

The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation is a state-of-the-art research facility devoted to the evaluation and design of healthcare technology, hosting seventy researchers and staff. Dr. Cafazzo has been an active researcher of the use of technology to facilitate patient self-care of complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, end-stage renal disease, and congestive heart failure. He is also active in ethnographic research related new modes of patient care mediated by technology, such as the Hospital-at-Home, and the Personal Health Record (PHR).

Additionally, he is Senior Director of UHN Healthcare Human Factors – the largest group of its kind devoted to the application of human factors engineering to problems of healthcare delivery and patient safety. 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.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of human factors, clinical engineering, and health informatics. He is a recipient of the Career Scientist award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.