1st Edition

Designing Usability into Medical Products

ISBN 9780849328435
Published February 11, 2005 by CRC Press
376 Pages 182 B/W Illustrations

USD $180.00

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Book Description

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.

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

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"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