value-based health careValue-based health care is replacing the fee for service model that the health care industry has been operating under for most of its history. Can medical device designers help in this transformation?

Value-based care seeks to improve outcomes, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce the cost of care. Improving device design should have positive impact in all three areas. From a design perspective, if you focus on improving the device for the user, the rest should follow. An easy-to-use device will lessen the risk of patient complications due to misuse, so outcomes should be improved. An easy-to-use device will allow the doctor or clinician to interface with the patient in a more efficient manner, so patient satisfaction should improve. And if efficiency is increased and patient outcomes are improved, cost of care should go down.

Of course, value-based care is also dependent on other variables, such as recognizing when tests and procedures are unnecessary. But from a device perspective, making the human interaction with the device as easy and as intuitive as possible will have a big impact.