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CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact

2/Feb/2017

CES 2017 highlights growing concerns over global air pollution and its associated health impact

With more than 80% of people living in urban areas and air pollution a hot news topic, it was no great surprise to see that one of the biggest themes at CES this year was ‘air quality’. But it was not the global brands picking up on this theme; instead it was interesting to see some exciting products from startups addressing the global air pollution problem. In fact, the most popular area of the event was in the EUREKA area where there were a few hundred startups. Read more

IFA 2016: Smarter homes, healthier, sustainable and better connected

25/Oct/2016

IFA 2016: Smarter homes, healthier, sustainable and better connected

IFA exhibition provides a strong indication of what to expect in the consumer market for 2017. This year’s event focused on products and experiences intended to make homes smarter, healthier, more sustainable and better connected. Read more

How much Human Factors Usability is needed to prove a device is safe, effective and usable?

20/Jul/2016

How much Human Factors Usability is needed to prove a device is safe, effective and usable?

In my career I have been lucky enough to gain varying perspectives on the role of usability during the development of medical devices. I’ve worked as part of a design team with a responsibility for concept generation, preliminary research and detailed design. I’ve also worked as part of a human factors team with a broader remit for integrating human factors process across an organisation. One thing experience has taught me is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to usability work. Read more

Tips on how to approach medical device usability in China

21/Apr/2016

Tips on how to approach medical device usability in China

What happens when usability research is conducted abroad? A team from PDD have been working closely with international manufacturing organisations to develop medical devices for the Chinese inpatient market. This means that usability research has been conducted in Chinese and reported in English. This blog explores the benefit that usability research provides when implemented across international teams and how to overcome issues that may be encountered along the way. It amalgamates our insights taken from a number of usability projects conducted in China. Read more

The future of 3D printing for medical applications: Additive manufacturing opportunities realised

9/Mar/2016

The future of 3D printing for medical applications: Additive manufacturing opportunities realised

The hype surrounding 3D printing has swelled substantially in the past few years, largely driven by accessible design platforms, customisation and distributed manufacturing. While aesthetic design applications can be fascinating in their own right, are all of the functional benefits of 3D printing technologies receiving the attention they deserve? Read more

FDA: Outlook on legacy devices

24/Nov/2015

FDA: Outlook on legacy devices

Chris Vincent and I recently attended an AAMI training course held in Dublin on Human Factors for Medical devices. EU manufacturers and consultancies all attended with the hope of having some questions answered by the FDA. Read more

“Measuring usability”: The siren song of quantitative reasoning

18/Nov/2015

“Measuring usability”: The siren song of quantitative reasoning

How do you measure usability? How do you really measure the efficiency of interface characteristics and user satisfaction in a way that can feed opportunities to develop and innovate? As a usability consultant, it is not that uncommon to be asked to evaluate usability. Some would even go so far as to say it comes with the territory. Read more

Why we need better UI in Professional Medical Devices

30/Sep/2015

Why we need better UI in Professional Medical Devices

As a follow on from my previous blog, with more technology being used to treat patients, user interface (UI) design is key to making devices safe and effective. Patients aren’t the only ones who need good UIs however, Health Care Professionals (HCPs) are more reliant than ever on technology to do their job and this is only set to rise. They - more than most - need informative, error proof UIs especially considering errors kill 12,000 patients a year in the UK and no doubt cause complications for many more. Here are a few design recommendations tailored to designing devices with the needs of health care professionals in mind. Read more

IFA 2015: The UX take on the connected home

25/Aug/2015

IFA 2015: The UX take on the connected home

September is nearly here, meaning that the tech world will be once again converging on Berlin for the annual IFA convention. This is Europe's largest and oldest tech convention and naturally, PDD will be attending. Read more

Why we need better UI in patient-used medical devices

20/Aug/2015

Why we need better UI in patient-used medical devices

It's no secret that our healthcare bill is increasing. Worldwide, healthcare spending is at record highs, and an expanding and aging population means this shows no sign of slowing down any time soon. One way of coping with this demand is to get patients who need specialist equipment to treat themselves at home. Read more

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