When developing highly complex medical devices, the mountain of “interesting” ideas that result from traditional brainstorming all too often buckles under technical scrutiny. A more efficient and effective way to generate and refine ideas that are technically viable is needed.
With a lot of focus on human factors in healthcare, and an increasing number companies developing devices destined for use outside the hospital, there’s particular interest in the challenges surrounding home healthcare.
The implementation of human factors engineering throughout the design process will be critical for emerging mobile health applications, not only because FDA is regulating these new mobile medical devices, but because it’s good practice and is an essential tool for decreasing patient safety risks while increasing usability and effectiveness.
True sustainability isn’t about compromise; it is about creating innovative solutions that are not only good for the world, but good for business.
Medical device manufacturers are increasingly aware of the need to conduct in-depth user research in the field as part of the product requirements process. Little information exists on what to expect when conducting user research in the OR. Although every hospital is different, here is some practical advice from our recent experience.