Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

As data and algorithms begin to impact our healthcare model in meaningful ways, we must recognize that data in healthcare is a means to an end, not the solution.

Designing Medical Devices with Economics in Mind

These days the medical device community routinely includes economic endpoints in foundational clinical trials and developing marketing materials that speak specifically to the cost savings of a device. However, we rarely see medical devices explicitly taking health care economics into consideration in the creation of user needs and the ultimate design of the device. Designing with health care economics in mind does not necessarily mean removing features and making a device at a lesser price. Rather, there are a few rules of thumb that you can keep in mind.

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Using Human-Centered Design to Improve Products & Gain a Competitive Edge

When it comes to product development, it’s a common misconception that industrial design takes place after the engineering is complete and before the product reaches the user—those final touches that apply colors, logos, and styling to the product. The reality—especially for medical device development—is that industrial design goes far beyond last-minute aesthetics. It explores deep-seated and often unmet user needs, delivering improved form and functionality, and influencing the entire development process from start to market adoption.

Developing an End-to-End System from Infusion Pump to App and HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Infrastructure

Adapting an Existing Laparoscopic or Advanced Energy Device for a Robotic Platform

New surgical modalities, differentiated visualization and navigation solutions, along with increased connectivity continue to drive market adoption and increased utilization of Robotic-Assisted Surgery. As the market matures, access to a broad catalogue of Laparoscopic surgical tools will be one of the differentiating factors when hospital buyers evaluate the purchase of a new platform. It is important to explore the many considerations when developing or adapting an existing toolset for robotic applications.

How Digital Technology Can Transform Clinical Trials

With a push to lower the commercial price tags of new drugs – and find ways to get them to market sooner – pharmaceutical companies and regulatory bodies are increasingly more open to new clinical trial methodologies and tools. In parallel, during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the pharmaceutical industry is further forced to shift away from traditional clinical trial modalities with a bricks-and-mortar approach to a more patient-centric approach, where the trial comes to the patients in the form of digital enablement. Now is the time for innovation in clinical trials.

Data-Driven Healthcare Outcomes

As we reflect in 2021, a number of mega trends continue to accelerate the adoption of technology with an eye towards data and machine learning to drive value in healthcare. In this and subsequent articles, we consider the role of data in delivering value to healthcare, barriers to adoption, and lessons learned from notable failed ventures.

In this part 1 of the series, we look at emerging trends in data around value-based
outcomes, robotic-assisted surgery, and telemedicine.

How Low-Demand Design Is Poised to Triumph in Home Health

Prior to 2020, our world was already on a clear path toward increased connectivity in healthcare, as the near ubiquity of the internet paired with novel technologies allowed patients to self-educate, self-advocate, and self-care more easily than ever before. Yet as with any change, the affordances technology provided were met with skepticism. Then, of course, Sars-CoV-2 made its way across the globe, and our hesitance to adapt was steamrolled by the reality that adaptation had become a necessity, leaving us with challenges and opportunities.

Outsourcing of IVD Instrument Design Is Now a Must

In the war against COVID-19, our RADARs are diagnostics technologies that have taken first-page place in daily news: how many tests per day, turnaround time, rapid tests vs. central lab tests, and even the possibility of testing at airports or sport events. The powerful core of molecular diagnostics, a set of tools that reads the genetic material of the target pathogen, provides a mighty RADAR to healthcare providers across the world.

Medtech Innovation and Adaptation: Insights with Boston Scientific’s David Knapp

Mike Neidert and Mark Stevenson, two of Ximedica's development leaders, recently sat down with David Knapp of Boston Scientific to talk about Medtech innovation and trends, and on the effects of COVID-19. Read the blog, part of our Medical Alley partnership.

Integrating Patient Safety and Clinician Wellbeing

In the dynamic and stressful environment of healthcare, leadership training has not evolved to incorporate the rapid technology advancement with the connectivity and enhanced accountability that has come with it. Hence, there is a gap in leader best practice to account for human adaptation lagging behind technological advances in healthcare. The new models proposed here build on traditional safety models of systemic barriers or defenses used in complex systems but integrate a consideration for human factors affecting outcomes.

The Immersive Experience Product: Innovating to Win in Digital Sales

If software ate the world in the 2000s, 2020 was the dessert course.

By now we have all witnessed the novel Coronavirus shifting the playing field universally in favor of the digital native companies, whose business models leveraged scalability and flexibility. Functions and processes of historical norms with little ability to adapt were quickly discarded by enterprises looking to salvage cash flow. In particular, the overnight digital pivot for the sales professional was dramatic, challenging, and to the winners, delivered outsized and lasting rewards.

Tom Lutzow

As Vice President of Design and Experience, Tom leads the team that works to translate user insights to create meaningful product solutions. Tom works across the design continuum from early phase discovery work to later detailed phase commercial design. The team deploys a human-centered design approach that’s focused on usability and informs design decision making. ​

Tom works to deliver solutions leveraging a range of design tools and methods including contextual research, clinical observations, concept ideation, design concepts and story boards, concept generation, design language development, concept development and detailed industrial design, visual and information design, and instructions and labeling (IFU and QRG development). With over 15 years of experience in this space, he is well-versed in early phase medical device and consumer healthcare projects and has experience in many technology platforms such as wearables, surgical robotics, women’s health, diagnostic systems, and novel drug delivery systems. ​

​ Tom is also the course instructor for a college course between Brown Medical and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) called Design + Health, which is focused on solving today’s healthcare challenges.