Developing Medical Devices In A Consumer-Driven Market
I recently read an article on the captioned theme. It mentioned how devices like a medical cable needs to be safe and effective, and each custom cable or custom wire has to have the look and feel like electronic equipment.
The article mentions how the US Medical Devices Design market is becoming increasingly consumer driven, and medical devices are becoming more easily accessible and used by the general population.
Safety and Design issues therefore become paramount as many medical device manufacturers start targeting the end user directly, as opposed to targeting medical professionals. This will have a far reaching impact ' whether it is prototype extrusion design or a custom cable design.
Following is the excerpt of the article which I found the most fascinating:
The following headlines and popular medical blogs reflects this growing trend:
'An Open Letter to Steve Jobs,' Diabetes Mine.1 Blog discusses the need for devices such as insulin pumps to look more like iPods.
'Wireless Health Monitoring Comes to Life,' medGadget.2
'Medtronic Automates Pain Relief with Palm PDA,' Business Week.3
'Borrowing from Apple Playbook, Medical Device Makers Focus on Design, Consumer Appeal,' TheDeal.com.4
Consumer wants and needs are dictating that personal medical devices look and feel like everyday electronics. For years, device developers have offered insulin pumps that look like pagers, monitoring devices that feel like personal digital assistants, and medical electronics on wearable platforms, but consumers are asking for more. Patients want to minimize the stigma of their reliance on medical technology, and they want their medical devices to have the same kind of design appeal as iPods. This push for convergence of the medical and consumer market spaces brings a complex set of challenges to device designers. These challenges include widely divergent product life cycles, varying scenarios of use, and safety and efficacy concerns.
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