Here are the human factors issues to consider when designing devices for home use versus designing for medical facilities.
According to FDA, home use medical devices are intended for any environment, apart from a professional healthcare facility. Devices include capital equipment like hospital beds, therapeutics like infusion therapy, instruments like pulse oximeters, implantable devices like pacemakers, mobile apps, and a host of other products. There are several important considerations when it comes to the human factors of designing devices for home use versus designing for medical facilities.
Human factors engineering focuses on making technology work for people. This brief discussion divides human factors considerations into four broad categories: perception—seeing, hearing and touching; cognition—thinking, judgment, and memory; motor control; and use environment. This analysis is not exhaustive, but provides examples of how designing devices for medical facilities and homes are different, and what this means for your designs.
Demographic, technological, economic, and attitudinal trends are converging to drive healthcare from professional facilities to the home. As a result, the household is becoming the most common site for healthcare administration. Generally, this trend is welcome, because the quality of life for patients at home can be considerably better than at a facility.
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