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,…

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.…

Virtual Reality in Human Factors

Gaming enthusiasts are in large early adopters of technology and usually eager to get hold of the latest title releases as well as new game products. The gaming industry is vast and it grows year by year, predicted to be worth $99.6 billion in 2016. For the first time, the mobile gaming will represent a…

How Much Simulation Detail is Needed?

Right at the start of a usability study there a number of details that should not be overlooked. This is especially true when the study involves specialised user testing under very specific environments. There are project planning questions that can be tricky to answer, in particular – “how much detail should the simulation have?”, and…

THAY Medical Have Moved!

Within a developing company such as THAY Medical it was only time before a new office was needed. Since the 1st of June 2016, THAY Medical can be found at our new office in Winterborne Stickland, Dorset. We are still based in the beautiful country side of Dorset, where we continue to be inspired by…