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Designing Usability into Medical Products

1st Edition

By Michael E. Wiklund, Stephen B. Wilcox

CRC Press

376 pages | 182 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2005-02-11
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Advocating a user-centered approach to medical technology design, Designing Usability into Medical Products covers the essential processes and specific techniques necessary to produce safe, effective, usable, and appealing medical systems and products. Written by experts on user-centered research, design, and evaluation, the book provides a range of alternative approaches to the subject. Wiklund and Wilcox explore how to make medical devices safe and effective by involving users in the design process. They discuss specific design and evaluation methods and tools, present case studies of user-friendly medical technologies and corporate human factors programs, and supply related resources for medical design professionals.

The book conveys an in-depth understanding of the user-centered design process, covers design methods for FDA compliance, and offers guidance on performing a variety of hands-on user research, user interface design, and user interface evaluation. The authors make a compelling case for treating the user's needs and preferences as a top design priority, rather than an afterthought. They demonstrate that high-quality customer interactions with systems and products leads to effective medical diagnosis and treatment, increases the physical and mental well being of patients and caregivers, and leads to commercial success in a crowded marketplace.


"This book should be on the shelf of anyone involved in the development of medical products. Today devices are getting more and more complex while caregivers as a whole are much less experienced. User centered interface design has to make up the difference and this book gives you a plan."

—Nicholas Barker, Vice President - Design, Datascope Corp

Table of Contents


The Rising Bar - Medical Product Design Excellence, M.E. Wiklund

The Role of Industrial Design and Human Engineering

in the Design of Software-Driven Medical Products, S.B. Wilcox

Is Your Human Factors Program Ready for FDA Scrutiny? M.E. Wiklund

Human Factors Roundtable

User-Centered Medical Product Development and the

Problem of Egocentrism, S.B. Wilcox

Ethnographic Methods for New Product Development, S.B. Wilcox

Time-Lapse Video Offers More Information in Less Time, S.B. Wilcox

Finding and Using Data Regarding the Shape and Size

of the User's Body, S.B. Wilcox

Can You Trust What People Say? S.B. Wilcox

Eight Ways to Kill Innovation, S.B. Wilcox

Developing Testable Product Simulations:

Speed Is of the Essence, S.B. Wilcox

Patient Simulators Breathe Life into Product Testing, M.E. Wiklund

Return of the Renaissance Person: A Valuable Contributor

to Medical Product Development, S.B. Wilcox

Patenting Software User Interfaces, M.E. Wiklund


The Vision Statement for Product Design - In Your Mind's Eye, M.E. Wiklund

Making Medical Device Interfaces More User-Friendly, M.E. Wiklund

Controlling Complexity, M.E. Wiklund

Eleven Keys to Designing Error-Resistant

Medical Devices, M.E. Wiklund

Designing a Global User Interface, M.E. Wiklund

Why Choose Color Displays? M.E. Wiklund

Intuitive Design: Removing Obstacles Also Increases Appeal, M.E. Wiklund

Medical Devices That Talk, M.E. Wiklund

Home-Healthcare: Applying Inclusive Design Principles to Medical Devices, S.B. Wilcox

Designing Usable Auditory Signals, S.B. Wilcox

Medical Device User Manuals: Shifting toward Computerization, M.E. Wiklund


User-Centered Design at Abbott Laboratories, E.W. Israelski and W.H. Muto

User-Centered Design at ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY, L. Spreckelmeier


Case Study: Personal Hemodialysis System

Case Study: Patient Monitor

Case Study: Contrast Medium Injector System for CT Scanning

Case Study: Remotely Controlled Defibrillator



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety