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Great Medical Devices Start with Great Design

Great Medical Devices Start with Great Design
A new MD+DI ebook sponsored by Cirtec lays out best practices for medical device design. 

A new MD+DI ebook sponsored by Cirtec lays out best practices for medical device design.

Jamie Hartford

Before Apple legend Steve Jobs brought beautiful, elegant consumer tech devices to the masses, design was thought of as little more than the art of choosing a color scheme.

“Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like,” Jobs was famously quoted as saying. “People think it’s this veneer—that the designers are handed this box and told, ‘Make it look good!’ That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

That philosophy is especially relevant when it comes to healthcare, where bad design isn’t just aesthetically unpleasing—it can lead to increased costs, inefficiencies, and poor outcomes for patients.

With that in mind, a new MD+DI ebook sponsored by Cirtec lays out best practices for incorporating great design into medical devices.

Principles of Medical Device Design features seven articles offering tips to enhance the design of your products.

From "10 Rules for Designing Great Medical Devices" to "Dos and Don’ts of Medical Device Design," the ebook covers concepts including ethnographic research, design for manufacturability, and user-centered design. It also gives practical tips for designing minimally invasive medical devices, conducting design research for home healthcare devices, and using design to meet the demands of Obamacare.

If you’re looking to brush up on your design skills, be sure to check it out.

Jamie Hartford is MD+DI's editor-in-chief. Reach her at [email protected] 

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