Emojis in Medical Devices

Technology is everywhere we look today; and with it are recognisable graphics, branding, logos and emoji’s. Anyone with a smartphone, tablet or computer will be familiar with the emoji. Emojis are ideograms, that show facial expressions, symbols and a number of other characteristics. The original meaning of the word emoji comes from the Japanese language.…

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…

Medical and Healthcare Apps – Are they medical devices?

Traditionally, software development for medical devices focuses on machines designed specifically for a medical purpose, from portable infusion pumps to complex and large MRI scanner. Essentially, the software is programmed on a development platform, compiled and deployed to a CPU (Central Processing Unit) with the purpose of converting input commands to hardware functions. In Europe,…