Product Design and Development
3 critical starting points for medical device design usability research
Medical device usability research and human factors engineering starts with device users, the use environment and user interfaces.
MIDI Medical Product Development – 2022
Medtronic’s Design for Reliability and Manufacturability after the reorganization
Medtronic’s DRM program is meant to identify and mitigate risks starting early in development.
DeviceTalks/Medtronic – 2022
This smart, dissolving pacemaker communicates with sensors on the body for remote patient monitoring
Northwestern University researchers said their device could help babies born with heart defects and other patients who need temporary pacing.
Rogers Lab/Northwestern University – 2022
How to center patients when designing distance care medical devices
Patient-operated medical devices — such as those used in insulin delivery — require a focus on the usability requirements of the less-experienced end user.
BlackHägen Design – 2022
FDA wanted single-use scopes to reduce potentially deadly superbug infections. Here’s how Boston Scientific made it happen.
Boston Scientific – 2021
How to ensure your medical device product design isn’t biased
Correcting unintentional biases in medical device product design is a big step toward improving equity in medtech.
UCLA Samueli School of Engineering – 2021
How bioengineers tackled the leaky mask problem
Researchers from Harvard and MIT have formed a company to mass-produce a more effective three-ply mask for everyday use.
Katharos Labs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Massachusetts General Hospital – 2021
The future of medtech is about connectivity and data
Here’s why medtech companies must embrace innovation, connectivity and disruption.
DeviceTalks/ S3 Connected Health – 2021
How iRhythm sought to outdo the old-school Holter monitor
iRhythm is changing the game in a heart rhythm monitoring space that has been dominated for years by the Holter Monitor. Here’s how.
iRhythm – 2021
Keep the end in mind when choosing a medtech partner
There are five general categories of medtech vendor partners. If the end is apparent in the beginning, the correct type of partner will be clearer.
Minnetronix Medical – 2021
Here’s how you achieve proactive product development
Use strategic collaboration to overcome these five common medtech product development challenges.
Value analysis/value engineering can equal cost improvements
Value analysis/value engineering (VAVE) is about boosting performance, efficiency and cost-effectiveness by improving the design of a finished product.
MBX Systems – 2021
Do your human factors drive design, or does your design drive human factors?
A solid commitment to human factors in the design process can be critical to a medical device’s success.
HS Design, a SteriPack company – 2021
Point-of-care additive manufacturing of implants is about to get real
Surgeons want to quickly treat people who need unique patient-specific implants. Point-of-care generation of these devices will meet this need.
Mayo Clinic – 2020
4 ways that manufacturing can affect your medical device development
Although manufacturing is fundamental to a medical device’s success, its influence is often not taken into account during development.
3M – 2020
Can you add connectivity to medical devices already in the field?
You can, if you identify the right combination of business goals, customer needs and technology solutions.
S3 Connected Health – 2020
3 pitfalls to avoid with your medtech root cause analysis
Using root cause analysis to identify the source of a medical device malfunction is often slow and unproductive. Here are three common errors — and strategies to improve results.
Product Creation Studio – 2020
How to expand the medtech design conversation
Engineering departments have long sought to expand industry partnerships, and medical school departments are following suit. One university offers a new approach to industry-academic collaboration.
University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine – 2020
How to go from zero to medical product in 20 days
The rapid design and manufacturing capabilities of industrial 3D printing enabled development and launch of a new nasopharyngeal swab in less than 3 weeks.
Carbon – 2020
5 factors to perfect antenna and wireless performance in medical devices
For best results, the antenna’s location in a wireless medical device must be addressed early in the design process.
Antenova – 2020
Hiring the right freelance consultant
Medtech manufacturers have access to a large talent pool of PhDs, post docs and others whom they can approach when needed to streamline the journey from product idea to market.
Kolabtree – 2020
Connecting the dots: User needs and product requirements
Using the tools of design discovery can help your company capture user needs and build better products.
Triple Ring Technologies – 2019
Medical device miniaturization: Here are the design pitfalls you need to avoid
When it comes to medical device miniaturization, the usual design risks still apply.
Ximedica – 2019
Medical device miniaturization: How to think of human scale
Shrinking medical technologies could improve patient quality of life. But don’t overlook the challenges that come with medical device miniaturization.
Stress Engineering Services (SES) – 2019
How XR is boosting medical device product development
The medical device industry is increasingly adopting ideas and technologies from the consumer market. Extended reality (XR) is a key contributor to this evolution.
Kaleidoscope Innovation – 2019
How to develop catheters and minimally invasive surgical devices
Developing innovative catheters and minimally invasive surgical devices is hard. These strategies spur inventive solutions and unlock the path to success.
Product Creation Studio – 2019
Why you need to understand both feasibility and usability
Innovative medtech requires an understanding of feasibility and usability. In other words, you need to figure out “fusability.”
MPR Associates – 2019
How to use digital health in clinical trials to improve patient engagement
Digital health technology can improve reporting of patient data during clinical trials, but it can also lead patients to drop out.
Icon Plc – 2018
How imaging, AI and other catheter technologies are changing cardiology
Philips is betting on the latest technology in image-guided catheters to advance cardiology.
Philips – 2018
The key extrusion considerations for catheter development
The extrusion and catheter finishing processes are inextricably linked, and balancing these processes can be a complex undertaking.
VistaMed, a Freudenberg Medical company – 2018
Early collaboration: The key to medical device success
Early engagement and close partnerships between medical device developers or OEMs, contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) and suppliers can reduce delays to the market, decrease costs and prevent common roadblocks.
Web Industries – 2018
How to design wearable sensors that work for users, FDA
Medical devices worn outside the clinic must be designed differently than those designed for clinic use. Here are several factors to consider when planning for a successful wearable or smart device development effort.
Kablooe Design – 2018
When product development goes sideways (and how to fix it)
Product development going wrong? You may need a tiger team.
MPR Associates – 2018
Mapping for meaningful solutions
Delivering human-centered solutions in healthcare means thinking about the total user experience from start to finish. Each design decision lies within a deeply interdependent, complex system, and the process of creating a seamless experience is complicated, too.
Design Concepts – 2018
Medtech should think more deeply about the problems it’s trying to solve
Medtech can improve by thinking more about the problems it is trying to solve and looking outside of normal avenues for inspiration.
Jeff Karp, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School – 2018
How to design a connected medical device
Any company designing a medical device today needs to take connectivity into account. The days of isolated medical data tied together in a patchwork of paper, photos, and electronic means are coming to an end.
Bill Betten – 2018
Medical device design transfer: 5 things you need to know
Moving from design to production can be a challenging process in the medical device industry. Take these points into consideration to enable a smooth design transfer.
Goddard Technologies – 2017
What you need to know about industrial design and medtech
Worrell, a life sciences design firm in Minneapolis, recently came up with a metaphor for what industrial design offers the medical devices space: It’s “art in the OR.”
Worrell – 2017
How to best collaborate with a product design firm
There are a number of things that medical device companies can do to ensure that their partnerships result in well-designed devices. Here are a few tips for successfully navigating a partnership with a product design firm.
Product Creation Studio – 2017