Human Factors

An Introduction to Human Factors Engineering

Human factors engineering is a design approach focused on optimizing the interactions between users and devices. Also known as ergonomics or usability engineering, human factors engineering (HFE) can be applied to hardware, software, and a variety of complex systems. This aspect of design development is meant to...

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Medical Device Design UX Workflow

UX workflows for medical devices are changing the healthcare industry. Adhering to a workflow that is user-focused is critical to maintaining this level of healthcare innovation. So what should a UX design workflow include, and how can designers keep users at the forefront? Let’s walk through how...

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Understanding Human-Centered Design

“If you think good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design,” said Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover. While the medical device industry is not the same as the automobile industry, the sentiment still applies. Not only can a bad...

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An Interview with Gilero’s Director of Human Factors & Design

[embed]https://vimeo.com/461522190[/embed] Human-centered design is a core part of the Gilero process.  We strongly believe that by bringing user needs into focus early within the medical device design and development process, we can deliver products that users readily embrace and can be operated safely in real-world conditions.  The...

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The Importance of Human Factors for Medical & Drug Delivery Devices

As medical and drug delivery devices grow increasingly complex, regulatory agencies continue to place a greater emphasis on ensuring the safety and effectiveness of these devices through user research and human factors testing.  Anyone using a medical device, whether clinician or patient, should be able to do...

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When Work and Life Cross Paths: Putting Your Best Foot Forward (In Design)

By: Kristin Benokraitis, Director of Quality and Operations at Gilero For the past 12 years I have worked in the medical device industry where I have developed new and exciting products which help to improve patient care, and in many cases, save lives. It’s the kind of...

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The Importance of User Feedback – 3 Misuses of Pen Devices

By: David Orenstein, Product Development Engineer for Gilero It can be difficult sometimes to see the value in usability testing. As devices are developed they seem so simple to the engineering team developing them; or the complexities are so justified it wouldn’t make sense to do it...

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User Research: It Doesn’t Need to be Expensive

By: Thomas Stokes, PhD When it comes right down to it, if you are making medical devices, performing good user research and formative studies in addition to validation studies is the smart choice. User research and formative studies provide valuable insights about users, their tasks, the environment...

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A Case for Placing a Higher Priority on Human Factors in the Medical Device Design Process

I may be a new engineer to the medical device field, but the discussion I’ve observed in the industry over the past few years indicates the landscape is changing quickly. Some examples of recent changes that we’ve already seen include the emergence of digital medicine, robotically assisted...

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