International – Design with the end in mind

Applying human factors engineering (HFE) best practices has enabled medical device manufacturers to delve into the realm of design thinking and provided users with products that are efficient and easy to use. The medical device industry is vast, and products can be intended for use by a variety of user groups (e.g., healthcare professionals, elderly patients, adolescents). As such, it is essential that regardless of the type of user, a medical device must be intuitive and user friendly, and any technical difficulties must be easy to diagnose and resolve. A vital step that manufacturers can take when designing a product for a variety of users is to implement a simple but effective rule: Design with the end in mind.

In this case, “end” refers to the user, as ultimately the product must provide the user with a viable solution. This means that while it is beneficial to give thought to the cosmetic features and intricate details that make a product stand out, the design team and manufacturers must have the product vision and end user in mind…