Does 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.

MaryBeth Privitera, HS Design, a SteriPack company

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In some early education circles, there is a philosophy that one can learn from testing. If you want a child to know vocabulary words, you can have them briefly study, then give them a quiz, show them what they missed and do the quiz again — all in hopes for a better score without a concerted effort towards improvement. In medical devices, some may approach human factors as simply a test to meet a regulatory imperative. It’s a test that must get done but not one that truly informs design. The testing becomes the focus, the driving force viewed as another task rather than a powerful tool.

Ultimately it is the device design that matters. Through innovative technology design, we have new opportunities to advance clinical c…

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