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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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Easier-to-Use UIs: How to win approval from users-and the FDA

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Bridge and Design Science jointly present a Qmed webinar on February 22, 2012 11 am PST/2 pm EST.  Diana Greenberg, Bridge’s Director of User Experience and Design Science Principal & Founder, Dr Stephen Wilcox will draw on their considerable experience in designing easy to use, engaging and safe user interfaces for medical products to lead a discussion about what it takes to develop such interfaces.

Design Research Part 2: Refining User Interfaces

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Once a design team has a few ideas for a design, it’s important to get user feedback and translate it into the final UI specification.

New technology is the driving force behind many innovative medical products. But often, the opportunities created by technology also require increasingly sophisticated user interfaces (UIs). This challenges the design team to create the most usable product possible. This is the second of a two-part article that explains how a creative process driven by design research is critical to product usability. Read More

Design Research Part 1: Creating Better User Interfaces

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Successful medical device OEMs recognize the importance of an early and extensive partnership with potential end-users.As the potential of the technology that goes into medical pro ducts grows, so does the need for product design features that make them accessible to users.

The drop in cost of both processing power and high-resolution color screens, for example, means they are finding their way into many areas of healthcare. At the same time, the typical medical device user in the developed world is routinely exposed to sophisticated consumer user interfaces (UIs).  Products like Ti Vo, iPods, cell phones, Apple computers, and Microsoft Windows have raised the bar in terms of consumer expectations. Consumers now have an idea of how easy it can be to interact with a piece of complex technology. Read More