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Medical Device Design and Value-Based Care

Value-based care has been proposed as a way to lower healthcare costs while improving outcomes. Attention to this model seems to be growing. The New England Journal of Medicine has an excellent overview on value-based healthcare. Medical device design can have an impact on the successful transition to a value-based model. One way that medical [...]

Medical Device Usability and Cognitive Biases

Medical device usability is a top concern in medical design. There have been numerous studies that point to poor usability as contributing to medical errors. To design usability into medical devices, designers need to be aware of the many ways users (and they themselves) are influenced by biases in their thinking. I came across this [...]

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Medical Device Design and Usability

Usability is one of the most important aspects of medical device design. This paper from authors at the University of Cambridge cites a number of studies that have shown that a significant percentage of medical errors could be prevented if more attention had been paid in the design phase to the device’s usability. How easy a [...]

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Medical Devices to Reduce Pain

Because of the opioid addiction epidemic in the US, there has been a push this year to encourage the development of non-addictive methods of reducing chronic and acute pain. SPR Therapeutics has an FDA-cleared device that does that. The SprintPNS (peripheral nerve stimulation) device consists of an electrical lead that is guided to its placement [...]

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Design Helps the Bottom Line

Want to increase revenues by 32% and increase returns to shareholders by 56%? According to a study by McKinsey & Company, that is what you can achieve by investing in design. To come up with those measures, McKinsey analyzed 2 million pieces of financial data and 100,000 actions that companies took to deliberately make design [...]

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Touchscreens and Medical Devices

Touchscreens are becoming the predominant means of controlling devices of all kinds, including medical devices. It seems that more and more products are abandoning traditional hardware controls – push buttons, switches, sliders, knobs, etc. – for touchscreens. But current touchscreens have a serious drawback that makes them problematic to use and often frustrates the user. [...]

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User Centered Design

Ease of use is a critical aspect of medical device design. A device that can be operated intuitively is a safer device – chances of use error are significantly reduced. A device that is simple to operate reduces the cognitive load of the user, allowing them to concentrate on the task, not on the device. [...]

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Design of Wearable Medical Devices

There has been some interesting news on the design of wearable medical devices recently. Rutgers University is developing a wristband that can access the blood stream and draw up samples via a micron-sized tube. Sensors on the band can count blood cells, bacteria, organic matter and particles in the air, providing the capability to monitor and [...]

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Gamification of Rehab

I am not a big proponent of “gamification”, but The RAPAEL Smart Pegboard from Korean company, Neofect is one product for which it seems appropriate and would be effective. RAPAEL provides a versatile solution for physical therapists dealing with all kinds of rehabilitation patients. The board has three different templates that can be used – [...]

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Why People Give Up On Wearable Devices

An article in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on a study of why people abandon the use of wearable activity tracking devices. The study was done by the Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California (USC). In the medical/healthcare industry, there has been interest in wearable technology since its advent. [...]

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