Understanding Device Hazards

IEC 62366-1:2015 Understanding and identifying device hazards When looking to apply Usability Engineering to medical devices, use safety is certainly the main consideration, and one that Human Factors Engineers should be focusing on. There are many factors that have a direct impact on safety and the identification of the use errors is perhaps one of…

Wearable Technology

Everybody loves fashion. Everybody loves technology. So there is no surprise that these two industries are now collaborating with some very exciting results. Having attended the Wearable Technology Show 2016 at the Excel in London there is no surprise at the amount of buzz around this topic. Wearable technology has a large potential spectrum of…

Diabetes & Human Factors

THAY Medical recently exhibited at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. At the conference we were overwhelmed by the number of medical devices available for diabetes from insulin pumps to insulin pens to glucose monitors and everything else in between. We talked to many diabetes specific clinicians, patients, researchers and academics. There…

THAY Medical Gain ISO Certification

THAY Medical has recently achieved the first of many steps to becoming a world-class innovator of medical devices in achieving ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 certification. Since incorporating late in 2014, THAY Medical has grown based upon a core competence of human factors engineering focusing on medical devices and drug delivery products. In a statement…

User Experience (UX)

When starting any medical device design project, a conflict between user experience and design will often happen. Without a good understanding of a users experience, good design may not always follow. What is user experience you may ask? User experience (also known as UX) is the experience of using a product – in our case,…

Competitive Comparison Study

Recently THAY Medical performed a competitive comparison human factors study. What is this you may say? Actually, it is quite self-explanatory. The words tell you it is about comparing something against another, and it is competitive in nature, meaning that the products being compared are similar, and finally that you are evaluating the human factors…

IEC 62366-1 and IEC 62366-2 Release

At last! It has been a long time in the running, but IEC have recently released IEC 62366-1 and 62366-2, which supercede the IEC/ISO 62366 standard. These documents in this standard continue to cover the application of usability engineering to medical devices. It builds upon the existing standard to bring more harmony between the requirements…

Testing Pen Injectors

When developing a pen injector (or injection pen as also commonly known), it is prudent to understand the performance of the device from a clinical perspective. ISO have a standard that details suitable methods for determining the dose accuracy of a pen injector, and this standard is called ISO 11608: “Needle based injection systems for…

Usability with Turn Dials

Just recently a colleague had mentioned to me that he had lost two of his best (and most expensive) shirts as they had been severely shrunk in the washing machine. He joked that the current size would probably have fitted him 20 years ago. This was the outcome of a simple mistake, he had set…

Med-Tech Innovation Show

THAY Medical were proud to have taken part in the Med-Tech Innovation Exhibition, which took place on 28th and 29th April 2015 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK. For those who don’t know, the Med-Tech Innovation Exhibition is one of the largest medical device events to take place in the UK. The exhibitors were from…