Medical Device Design Blog

Designing the Experience in Medical Devices 12/02/2014

“Experience Design” has been a methodological approach used in the consumer products industry for some time. Apple pioneered the practice, deliberately designing not only the product itself, but every aspect of the user’s interaction with it, from opening the package […]

Medical Device Industry Growth 10/21/2014

MedCity New reports on a study by A.T. Kearney that has some interesting findings for medical device design: The analysts say that the “emerging markets will save us” theory is false. Executives they interviewed have not figured out how to make […]

EY Medical Technology Report: a Critique 10/14/2014

Ernst & Young has been taking the pulse of the medical technology industry for several years, and has issued a report annually that discusses their findings. The 2014 report highlights the shift toward valuing better patient outcomes over other criteria. […]

MedTech: Differentiate With Design 10/07/2014

“Global Medtech industry needs to better differentiate products or face commoditization.” That is the conclusion of MedDevice Online in reference to Ernst & Young’s 2014 report on the industry. The ramifications are significant for medical device design. Indeed, in a commoditized […]

Medicine’s New Frontier 10/01/2014

There is increasing activity involving research into how the brain works. The knowledge we gain as this research proceeds will have significant implications for medical device design and development. The latest news on this front is from Lawrence Livermore National […]

The Essence of Design 09/24/2014

Industrial design is not about products. It’s about visual information. The job of the designer is to provide the user with information that they understand, organized in a way that makes interacting with the product intuitive, executed in a manner […]

Medical Device Design to Prevent the Spread of Disease 09/11/2014

Via MedCity News,  we learn that the World Health Organization is set to mandate the use of auto-disabling syringes. This is going to have an enormous impact on global health (as well as being a boon to syringe makers). The […]

Mind to Mind Communication 09/10/2014

During the past several years, there has been a significant amount of research conducted on brain/computer interfaces. I have written about several programs that are seeking to enable computers and mechanical systems to be controlled by thought alone. The latest […]

FDA Guidance on Devices Intended for Home Use 09/03/2014

On August 5, 2014, the FDA published guidance regarding the design of medical devices intended for use in the home . I have written on many occasions how medical devices initially designed for use in hospitals and clinics are now being […]

Designing “Cool” 08/27/2014

An interesting article in talks about social science research into what makes one thing seem “cool” and a similar thing not. Cool is a perception, not an inherent quality. It’s established in a very social process wherein a society’s trend […]