As autonomous, intelligent medical devices that effectively manage chronic conditions without constantly reminding patients of their disease become reality, will human factors engineers still be needed?
As patients and caregivers become key stakeholders, human factors engineering and user-focused methods are becoming increasingly important in medical device design. But will these practices soon be rendered obsolete?
During a panel at the MD&M East conference in June, Steve Wilcox, principal and founder of Design Science, made a quip in response to being asked about the future that had a room full of human factors engineers nervously laughing.
“Where things are going is for all of us human factors types to be out of...