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The Next 5 Years – mHealth & Medical Web App User Interfaces – Recordings

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At the invitation of IDSA, Bridge Design President Bill Evans recently talked about applying lessons from Medical Device design to mHealth – and the challenges and opportunities facing designers of mHealth and Medical Web App User Interfaces over the next 5 years.

Based on years of FDA/EU regulated UI design experience, Bill will gave predictions and recount 5 lessons learned from the device world, including:

  • Usability isn’t just “Can you use it, but WILL you use it?”
  • Data isn’t useful if it isn’t actionable
  • Sharing data—practicalities and challenges beyond HIPAA concerns
  • User testing from start to finish
  • Small is beautiful—successful rapid prototyping and scale tests

If you missed the live webinar, we’ve got the recording and accompanying slides ready for you.

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Interested in a further exploration of mHealth?  

Feel free to access Bridge’s recent White Paper: 

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in mHealth App or Web Design

 

Smart Products: 7 Trends in Medical

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Solène Bourgeois, director of industrial and interaction designer at Bridge, addressed a packed room recently on the topic:

Smart Products: When our Daily Objects Become Connected

Joining her as speakers were Ivy Roos, head of GoogleGlass; and Denise Gershbein, executive director at Frog. The event was put on by SheSays.com and hosted at the SF offices of R/GA digital agency. Read More

Live Webinar: The Next 5 Years – mHealth & Medical Web App User Interfaces – March 18

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Join Bridge Design President, Bill Evans – at the invitation of IDSA – as he talks about the challenges and opportunities mHealth and Medical Web App User Interfaces will have to face over the next 5 years – and how to apply lessons from medical device design to mHealth.

What kinds of medical information-oriented products will designers be working on 5 years from now, and how can we rise to the patient and clinician “engagement” challenges? Based on years of FDA/EU regulated UI design experience, Bill will give predictions and recount 5 lessons learned from the device world, including:

  • Usability isn’t just “Can you use it, but WILL you use it?”
  • Data isn’t useful if it isn’t actionable
  • Sharing data—practicalities and challenges beyond HIPAA concerns
  • User testing from start to finish
  • Small is beautiful—successful rapid prototyping and scale tests

Live Webinar:   MARCH 18

10 – 11 a.m. PDT

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This webinar is offered at no cost to IDSA members and non-members alike.

A recording will be available via registration for those not able to listen live.

Interested in a further exploration of mHealth?  

Feel free to access Bridge’s recent White Paper: 

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in mHealth App or Web Design

 

 

 

 

7 Pitfalls to Avoid in mHealth Web & App Design

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App and device developers are racing to create tools to passively and continually monitor our bodies.  Basis, Fitbit, or Fitband are already too common to draw notice. However, as these products become more sophisticated and collect more body metrics with increasing accuracy, they are blurring the lines between medical and wellness devices.  Alivecor, for example, is now shipping home-use ECG machines that display readings on your cell phone “comparable to readings from Lead 1 of gold-standard ECG machines, but at a fraction of the cost.”  Scanadu’s Scout personal health “tricorder” promises to measure a number of vital signs and will even pair with its Scanaflo home urine testing kit.  And SpO2 technology, pairing pulse-oximetry with a smartphone, uses the same technology as that in FDA-regulated medical devices. The difference: the smartphone product targets mountain climbers and airplane pilots, not patients.

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Touch screen ergonomics : The key to seamless usability

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Touch interactions are becoming ubiquitous – at home, at work, and at play – for everything from espresso machines to parking meters to medical devices.  That means design choices around touch screen displays become all the more critical.

So how can a design team make sure that a product’s physical layout doesn’t compromise the seamless usability that is a touch screen’s birthright? Read More

Free UI Design Touchup – until end of year – Courtesy of the Bridge Team

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Don’t dally – let’s get spiffy for the holidays!

We love chewing on design problems, and we’d like to give you a taste of working with Bridge.

Whether your new app is a wireframe twinkle in your eye, or a polished set of pixels poised to strut the runway, or an aging interface ripe for a nip-and-tuck, we offer you a mini UI design review and touchup.  If you think your project might like to bask in our warm-but-critical gaze, click the button below to learn more.

We’re requesting that you get in touch by Dec. 19th.

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Consumer Influence Growing in MedTech – QMed Awards Bridge 2 of 10 “Remarkably Sleek Medical Devices”

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QMed, which runs the prestigious worldwide Medical Design Excellence Awards, recently selected 10 devices that it believes best represent the increasing influence of Consumer design in MedTech.

Bridge was one of only two firms to receive recognition for two of the 10 designs.  The other was IDEO.  Bridge’s designs were groundbreaking innovations in diabetes care and pain control.

“For more than a decade, Bridge has been in the forefront of bringing user-centered design to medical products,” says Bill Evans, the company’s president. “Both products touted by Qmed benefited from this approach. They also represent examples of medical products that leverage consumer electronics technology to improve the user experience.  In one case e-ink, found on products like the Amazon Kindle reader, helped make for a more legible yet low-power display on an inexpensive home-use diagnostic device.  In the other case, a full-color screen and ease-of-use typical of smart phones was applied to UI of a pain pump design to safely dose potentially dangerous pain-killers.

For full Qmed article:  “10 Remarkably Sleek Medical Devices” 

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New Vision Treatment for Macular Degeneration Grows in Europe

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We love helping our client’s thrive. And one of them – Oraya Therapeutics – is indeed thriving. Oraya’s IRay AMD Radiotherapy Device is now available in multiple medical facilities in Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.  The device addresses Advanced Macular Degeneration (AMD), a progressive disease that causes loss of central vision leading to blindness. It is the primary cause of vision loss for seniors in the industrialized world.

Bridge designed the device using extensive ergonomic studies and a clear understanding of both physician and patient needs. Oraya Therapy – intended as a one-time, non-invasive procedure – uses a low-voltage, stereotactic approach. It delivers precisely controlled X-rays confined to the diseased area of interest, sparing the surrounding structures of the eye.  Read more here about Bridge’s Design approach.  Watch a news story from BBC showing the device in action. 

NYTimes Writes About Breakthrough Epilepsy Device – Bridge Designing 2nd Generation

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We love nothing more than knowing how much our design work  –  and the amazing innovations of our clients  –  can make a difference in the lives of those with serious medical challenges.  So we had a big smile when we saw last week’s NY Times article about the significance of a product we are working on  – in this case, one to help stop seizures.

The product, called the RNS System, can help reduce seizures, improving the lives of an estimated 400,000 Americans whose epilepsy cannot be treated with drugs or brain surgery.

The FDA just approved the first generation product.  Bridge is busy designing the second generation for its client Neuropace, located in Silicon Valley.