Dr. Joseph Cafazzo is Lead for eHealth Innovation and Executive Director and Founder of Healthcare Human Factors, both located with University Health Network (UHN), a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto. 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.
He 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. He has contributed to the development and promotion of the artificial pancreas, critically developing device interoperability standards, analyzing user experience, and examining technical platforms.
He has created numerous award-winning mobile health apps, including bant, an application design for adolescents for the self-management for type 1 diabetes, which received the Stanford 2.0 Award. This work was also recognized by the Canadian Health Informatics Association, with their Excellence in Telehealth Award and the Dr. Mo Watanabe Lecture.
Dr. Cafazzo is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, in the areas of clinical engineering, human factors, and health informatics and is the recipient of the Career Scientist award by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.