Living Innovation Blog
A blog about important topics for medical device and healthcare innovators.
Presenting the 'Trauma Bay of the Future'
Renowned as one of the most variable healthcare environments, the Trauma Bay was particularly ripe for conceptualization through a human-centered design lens. Recognizing this, the Ximedica Human Factors team got to work creating a fully re-imagined and ergonomic space that allows for expedient care in this critical environment. The result is the ‘Smart Bay’ of the future which Dean Hooper, our Principal Human Factors Scientist will present live at the 56th Annual Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Meeting in Boston next week.
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Posted on Oct 22, 2012
China Takes Its First Step Toward Regulatory Reform
China’s up-and-coming presence in the medical device industry is more evident than ever with many top device companies bolstering their presence in China’s major cities. Upon returning from the MedTec China show a couple of weeks ago, our team had much to share, among which was a discussion around the reception at the show of our Quality Management System and assumption that because we were U.S. based and have a full QMS in place, our services “must be very expensive.” Recently the lack of quality regulation being displayed in China’s medical device manufacturers has raised some eyebrows, including our own. MedTechInsider.com released an article on China’s regulatory processes (or lack thereof) that quotes a candid appraisal by Lin Xianyong, Director of Medical Device Safety Supervision Division, SFDA Shanghai.
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Posted on Oct 10, 2012
Device Design Considerations for At-Home Use
The shift of healthcare device use from clinical settings to patient homes presents interesting and complex opportunities for medical device manufacturers. Devices now need to be designed for a diverse user group, with a wide range of physical and cognitive abilities, with limited training and installation assistance. Within this varied set of home users, there are parents caring for young children, seniors, recently hospital-discharged, post-surgical patients, individuals suffering from co-morbidities and the terminally ill, as well as clinically trained visiting nurses and case managers.
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Posted on Oct 03, 2012