Designing Usable Medical Devices for Home Use

I live at home with my family, a number of pets and luckily for myself and my family, very few medical devices. But as I age, I expect to be bringing home from hospitals and pharmacies more home-use medical devices – especially if hospital care is shifting towards home-based treatments and rehabilitation. This I do…

Linking Market Research to Usability and Human Factors

Often within organisations, the Marketing function and the Research and Development functions act collaboratively to define the opportunity space for the next product. Market research is often performed at the very front end of the development process – to define the need, quantify its purpose, return on investment, and to ensure the organisation understands what…

Sound in Medical Devices

Does sound matter in medical devices? This question may be obvious and perhaps unnecessary. Incorporating sounds in consumer products is a common design practice – in particular in electronics, but when it comes to medical devices the answer is not so obvious and it depends on a series of human factors – especially use safety.…